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William M. Walker, Jr v. D. Unger
July 28, 2011
WILLIAM M. WALKER, JR., PETITIONER,
D. UNGER, SUPERINTENDENT, WYOMING CORRECTIONAL FACILITY, RESPONDENT.
The opinion of the court was delivered by: Thomas J. McAVOY, Senior United States District Judge
This pro se petition for a writ of habeas corpus pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2254 was referred to the Hon. Andrew T. Baxter, United States Magistrate Judge, for a Report and Recommendation pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 636(b) and Local Rule 72.4. Magistrate Judge Baxter's Report-Recommendation recommends that the petition be denied and dismissed, and that no certificate of appealability be issued. See Rep. Rec. [dkt. # 21]; see also May 16, 2011 Order [dkt. # 24].*fn1 Petitioner has filed objections to the Report-Recommendation, see Obj. [dkt. # 25], and has filed a request for a stay of the habeas proceeding because, on June 6, 2011, Petitioner filed an application for a writ of error coram nobis in New York state court challenging his underlying conviction. See Motion for Stay [dkt. # 26]. He argues that the instant proceeding should be stayed to allow him to exhaust this state court collateral challenge to his conviction. Id.
When objections to a magistrate judge's report and recommendation are lodged, the district court makes a "de novo determination of those portions of the report or specified proposed findings or recommendations to which objection is made." See 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1)(C). After reviewing the report and recommendation, the Court may "accept, reject, or modify, in whole or in part, the findings or recommendations made by the magistrate judge. The judge may also receive further evidence or recommit the matter to the magistrate judge with instructions." 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1)(C).
After examining Petitioner's objections, the Court adopts Magistrate Judge Baxter's conclusion that Petitioner's habeas petition was filed well after the expiration of The Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996's statute of limitations. Moreover, the Court finds no reason to stay the instant matter. As Magistrate Judge Baxter explained, the filing of state court collateral challenge after a petitioner's federal statute of limitations has expired does not restart the statute of limitations for filing a federal habeas petition. See Smith v. McGinnis, 208 F.3d 13, 17 (2d Cir. 2000) (per curiam) (holding that AEDPA's tolling provision does not reset the date from which the one-year limitations period begins to run). Thus, there is no meritorious reason to stay the instant matter because the state court collateral attack will not change the conclusion that the instant matter is untimely. The Court also adopts Magistrate Judge Baxter's conclusion that a certificate of appealability should not issue in this matter.
The Court adopts Magistrate Judge Baxter's Report-Recommendation in its entirety. Accordingly, the Petition for a writ of habeas corpus is DENIED, and the action is DISMISSED. A certificate of appealability will not issue. Petitioner's motion to stay the instant matter [dkt. # 26] is DENIED.
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