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Lee v. Martel

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT CENTRAL DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA WESTERN DIVISION


July 9, 2009

RONNIE LEE, PETITIONER,
v.
M. MARTEL, WARDEN, ET AL., RESPONDENTS.

The opinion of the court was delivered by: James V. Selna United States District Judge

ORDER SUMMARILY DISMISSING PETITION FOR WRIT OF HABEAS CORPUS FOR LACK OF SUBJECT MATTER JURISDICTION

On July 1, 2009, petitioner filed a Petition Under 28 U.S.C. § 2254 for Writ of Habeas Corpus by a Person in State Custody herein. It appears from the face of the Petition that it is directed to the same December 8, 2004 Los Angeles County Superior Court conviction as the prior habeas petition filed by petitioner in this Court on August 28, 2007, in Case No. CV 07-5610 JVS (FFM). On August 14, 2008, Judgment was entered in Case No. CV 07-5610 JVS (FFM) denying the Petition and dismissing the action with prejudice. Petitioner's attempt to appeal the Judgment was denied by the Ninth Circuit on January 23, 2009.

The Petition now pending is governed by the provisions of the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996 (Pub. L. 104-132, 110 Stat. 1214) ("the Act") which became effective April 24, 1996. Section 106 of the Act amended 28 U.S.C. § 2244(b) to read, in pertinent part, as follows:

"(1) A claim presented in a second or successive habeas corpus application under section 2254 that was presented in a prior application shall be dismissed.

(2) A claim presented in a second or successive habeas corpus application under section 2254 that was not presented in a prior application shall be dismissed unless --

(A) the applicant shows that the claim relies on a new rule of constitutional law, made retroactive to cases on collateral review by the Supreme Court, that was previously unavailable; or

(B)(i) the factual predicate for the claim could not have been discovered previously through the exercise of due diligence; and

(ii) the facts underlying the claim, if proven and viewed in light of the evidence as a whole, would be sufficient to establish by clear and convincing evidence that, but for constitutional error, no reasonable factfinder would have found the applicant guilty of the underlying offense.

(3)(A) Before a second or successive application permitted by this section is filed in the district court, the applicant shall move in the appropriate court of appeals for an order authorizing the district court to consider the application."

The Petition now pending constitutes a second and/or successive petition challenging the same conviction as petitioner's prior habeas petition in Case No. CV 07-5610 JVS (FFM), within the meaning of 28 U.S.C. § 2244(b). To the extent petitioner seeks to pursue a claim not contained in the earlier Petition, it was incumbent on him under § 2244(b)(3)(A) to secure an order from the Ninth Circuit authorizing the District Court to consider the Petition, prior to his filing of it in this Court. Petitioner's failure to do so deprives the Court of subject matter jurisdiction. To the extent the instant Petition merely asserts the same claim that was previously asserted, the Petition is subject to dismissal pursuant to § 2244(b)(1).

For the foregoing reasons, IT IS ORDERED that this action be summarily dismissed, pursuant to Rule 4 of the Rules Governing Section 2254 Cases in the United States District Courts.

LET JUDGMENT BE ENTERED ACCORDINGLY.

Presented by:

FREDERICK F. MUMM United States Magistrate Judge

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