United States District Court, N.D. Georgia, Atlanta Division
OPINION AND ORDER
WILLIAM S. DUFFEY, Jr., District Judge.
This matter is before the Court on Magistrate Judge Gerrilyn G. Brill's Final Report and Recommendation  ("R&R"). The R&R considers Petitioner Tess Hollis Andriatti's ("Petitioner") Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus  ("Petition"). The Magistrate Judge recommended that the Petition be dismissed for Petitioner's failure to exhaust state court remedies. Also pending before the Court is Petitioner's "Motion for Default Judgment as to Joe Chapman  ("Motion for Default").
On March 26, 2014, Petitioner, an inmate at the Cobb County Adult Detention Center in Marietta, Georgia, filed her Petition pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2241. Petitioner contends she is "imprisoned against her will" for "illegal" charges. (Petition at 1). Petitioner asserts she was denied bond for "a victimless crime" and that she is being denied her federal and state constitutional rights and denied due process. (Id.) Petitioner also asserts that the State of Georgia lacks "in personum [sic] "jurisdiction" to prosecute her because she is a woman. (Id.) Petitioner seeks release from imprisonment and the expungement of her criminal record. (Id. at 2).
On April 1, 2014, the Magistrate Judge recommended that the Petition be dismissed with prejudice. The Magistrate Judge noted that Petitioner raised the same claims in an earlier habeas proceeding (13-cv-4031), and recommended dismissing this case for the same reasons set forth in the Magistrate Judge's prior Report and Recommendation, specifically Petitioner's failure to exhaust her state court remedies. The Magistrate Judge further recommended that a certificate of appealability ("COA") be denied because Petitioner failed to meet the standard set forth in Slack v. McDaniel, 29 U.S. 473 (2000).
Petitioner did not object to the Magistrate Judge's R&R. On June 16, 2014, Petitioner filed her Motion for Default Judgment.
A. Standard of Review
After conducting a careful and complete review of the findings and recommendations, a district judge may accept, reject, or modify a magistrate judge's report and recommendation. 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1); Williams v. Wainwright, 681 F.2d 732, 732 (11th Cir. 1982), cert denied, 459 U.S. 1112 (1983). A district judge "shall make a de novo determination of those portions of the report or specified proposed findings or recommendations to which objection is made." 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1). With respect to those findings and recommendations to which a party has not asserted objections, the district judge must conduct a plain error review of the record. United States v. Slay, 714 F.2d 1093, 1095 (11th Cir. 1983).
1. Habeas Petition
The Magistrate Judge recommended dismissing the Petition for Petitioner's failure to exhaust her state court remedies. Petitioner did not object to the Magistrate Judge's finding that she has not sought state habeas corpus relief, and that she still has state court remedies available to her. Petitioner must exhaust her state court remedies before the Court can grant federal habeas. See 28 U.S.C. § 2254(b)(1)(A); Ali v. State of Fla., 777 F.2d 1489, 1490 (11th Cir. 1985) (affirming dismissal of federal habeas petition "[b]ecause it is clear that the state is asserting exhaustion as a defense, and because it is clear that [the petitioner] did not exhaust available state remedies"). The Court finds no plain error in the Magistrate Judge's finding that Petitioner did not exhaust her state court remedies. See Slay, 714 F.2d at 1095.
The Magistrate Judge recommended that the Petition be dismissed with prejudice. (R&R at 3). Because Petitioner is entitled to seek federal habeas review after she exhausts her state court remedies, the Court, rather than dismissing the Petition with prejudice as recommended in the R&R, will dismiss the Petition without prejudice. See 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1); see also, e.g., Gilbert v. Sec'y Dep't of Corr., 447 F.Appx. 60, 61 (11th Cir. 2011) (when a prisoner ...