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Ruiz v. Holt

IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE MIDDLE DISTRICT OF PENNSYLVANIA


March 28, 2006

JOSE RUIZ, PETITIONER
v.
WARDEN RONALD HOLT RESPONDENT

The opinion of the court was delivered by: Judge Conner

ORDER

AND NOW, this 28th day of March, 2006, upon consideration of the report and recommendation of the magistrate judge (Doc. 10), recommending dismissal of petitioner's writ of habeas corpus, filed pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2241 (Doc. 1), to which objections were filed (see Docs. 11, 13), and it appearing that the petition avers that petitioner is innocent and was convicted merely because of the ineffective assistance of trial counsel (see Doc. 1), that such claims were previously raised via a post-trial motion filed pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2255 and addressed by the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, see Ruiz v. United States, 2000 WL 991535, at *1-2 (S.D.N.Y. July 19, 2000); (see also Doc. 1 at 3), and the court finding that petitioner has been afforded an unobstructed procedural opportunity to assert his innocence, see In re Dorsainvil, 119 F.3d 245, 251 (3d Cir. 1997) (only authorizing relief under § 2241 where "a prisoner . . . had no earlier opportunity to challenge his conviction . . ."); see also United States v. Brooks, 230 F.3d 643, 648 (3d Cir. 2000) (same), and that petitioner has not demonstrated that the remedies available to him in his previous § 2255 motion were inadequate or ineffective, see 28 U.S.C. § 2255 ("An application for a writ of habeas corpus [on] behalf of a prisoner . . . shall not be entertained . . . unless it also appears that the remedy by motion is inadequate or ineffective to test the legality of his detention."); see also Okereke v. United States, 307 F.3d 117, 120 (3d Cir. 2002) ("A § 2255 motion [is considered to] be inadequate or ineffective only if petitioner can show that a limitation of scope or procedure would prevent a § 2255 proceeding from affording him a full hearing and adjudication of his . . . claim."); Thibeau v. Apker, 148 F. App'x. 110, 110-11 (3d Cir. 2005) (noting that the remedy provided by 28 U.S.C. § 2255 is not inadequate or ineffective merely because petitioner was denied relief or is unable to meet the requirements for filing a second or successive motion),*fn1 it is hereby ordered that:

1. The report of the magistrate judge (Doc. 10) is ADOPTED.

2. The petition for a writ of habeas corpus (Doc. 1) is DENIED.

3. Any appeal from this order is DEEMED frivolous and not in good faith. See 28 U.S.C. § 1915(a)(3).

4. The Clerk of Court is directed to CLOSE this case.

CHRISTOPHER C. CONNER United States District Judge


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