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Glover v. Owens

United States District Court, N.D. Georgia, Atlanta Division

November 17, 2014

ROBERT D. GLOVER, GDC ID 813029, Petitioner,
v.
BRIAN OWENS and GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS, Respondents

Robert Dee Glover, Plaintiff, Pro se, Chester, GA.

FINAL REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION

E. CLAYTON SCOFIELD III, UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE.

HABEAS CORPUS 28 U.S.C. § 2254

Earlier this year, state inmate Robert D. Glover filed a pro se " Civil Rights Complaint Pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983" in which he asserted that the Georgia Department of Corrections had improperly calculated his release date by denying him credit for time spent in pretrial detention. See Glover v. Owens, No. 1: 14-CV-2726-TWT, (N.D.Ga. Aug. 20, 2014) [Doc. No. 1 therein]. Because that claim should have been brought in a habeas corpus petition pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2254 rather than in a § 1983 complaint, this Court recharacterized that case as a habeas corpus action. In addition, because it was clear that Mr. Glover had failed to exhaust all available state remedies, this Court dismissed that case without prejudice. See id. [Doc. No. 5 therein]. Judgment was entered on October 10, 2014, and Mr. Glover did not appeal.

On October 27, 2014, Mr. Glover submitted another pro se § 1983 complaint, raising the same claim. See [Doc. No. 1]. Mr. Glover's filing indicates that he has " requested mandamus" in state court, but received " no response." Thus, it is apparent that Mr. Glover still has not exhausted all available state remedies.

The Clerk is DIRECTED to recharacterize this case as a habeas corpus action under 28 U.S.C. § 2254.

Because " it plainly appears from the petition and any attached exhibits that the petitioner is not entitled to relief in the district court, " 28 U.S.C. foll. § 2254, Rule 4, the undersigned RECOMMENDS that this case also be DISMISSED WITHOUT PREJUDICE to permit Mr. Glover to first exhaust available state remedies.

The Court " must issue or deny a certificate of appealability when it enters a final order adverse to the applicant." 28 U.S.C. foll. § 2254, Rule 11(a). To merit a certificate of appealability, Mr. Glover must show that reasonable jurists would find debatable both (1) the merit of his underlying claims, and (2) the procedural issues that he seeks to raise. See 28 U.S.C. § 2253(c)(2); Slack v. McDaniel, 529 U.S. 473, 478, 120 S.Ct. 1595, 146 L.Ed.2d 542 (2000). Because Mr. Glover has failed to make the requisite showing, the undersigned further RECOMMENDS that a certificate of appealability be DENIED.

Solely for the purpose of dismissal, Mr. Glover is GRANTED permission to proceed in forma pauperis.

The Clerk is DIRECTED to terminate the referral of this case to the undersigned.

SO RECOMMENDED AND DIRECTED.

ORDER FOR SERVICE OF REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION OF UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE

Attached is the report and recommendation of the United States Magistrate Judge in this action in accordance with 28 U.S.C. ยง 636(b)(1) and this Court's Civil Local Rule 72. Let the same be filed and a copy, together with a ...


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