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John R. Jordan, Jr v. the People of the State of California

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT CENTRAL DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA


February 1, 2011

JOHN R. JORDAN, JR., PETITIONER,
v.
THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA, RESPONDENT.

The opinion of the court was delivered by: John F. Walter United States District Judge

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

On January 10, 2011, petitioner filed a Petition ("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 1991 Orange County Superior Court conviction as petitioner's two prior habeas petitions filed in this Court, the most recent of which was filed on December 8, 2009, in SACV 09-1438-JFW (CT). On December 14, 2009, Judgment was entered in SACV 09-1438-JFW (CT) denying the petition and dismissing the action. It does not appear that petitioner appealed from that Judgment to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

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, within the meaning of 28 U.S.C. § 2244(b) as it is challenging the same conviction as petitioner's prior habeas petitions, including Case No.SACV 09-1438-JFW (CT). Thus, it was incumbent on petitioner 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. See Cooper v. Calderon, 274 F.3d 1270, 1274 (9th Cir. 2001).

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:

David T. Bristow United States Magistrate Judge

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