IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE MIDDLE DISTRICT OF PENNSYLVANIA
October 22, 2012
MALIK M. MOORE-BEY, PETITIONER
DAVID J. EBBERT, RESPONDENT
The opinion of the court was delivered by: William W. Caldwell United States District Judge
The background of this order is as follows: Petitioner commenced this case on August 21, 2012, by filing a petition for a writ of habeas corpus pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2241 (Doc. 1). On September 10, 2012, Magistrate Judge Blewitt filed a Report and Recommendation ("R&R") (Doc. 5), in which he recommends that the petition be dismissed for lack of jurisdiction. On September 27, 2012, Petitioner filed a motion for reconsideration (Doc. 6), which we will treat as an objection to the R&R.
Judge Blewitt correctly recognized that the proper recourse for Petitioner's claim is for him to pursue a habeas corpus petition under § 2255. We could exercise jurisdiction over Petitioner's § 2241 petition only if § 2255 were an inadequate or ineffective remedy.
Petitioner contends that we have jurisdiction over his § 2241 petition because the Fourth Circuit denied his § 2244(b)(3) motion seeking leave to file a second or successive § 2255 petition. We reject this argument. The fact that the Fourth Circuit denied leave to file a second or successive § 2255 petition is not sufficient to show that a § 2255 petition would be an inadequate or ineffective remedy for Petitioner's claim. To accept Petitioner's argument would allow habeas petitioners to bypass the gatekeeping requirements of § 2255 by bringing § 2241 petitions instead. It is well established that claims like Petitioner's claim cannot proceed in such a manner. We will adopt Judge Blewitt's R&R and overrule Petitioner's objection.
ACCORDINGLY, this 22nd day of October, 2012, it is ORDERED that:
1. The Report and Recommendation (Doc. 5) of Magistrate Judge Blewitt is ADOPTED, and Petitioner's objections thereto (Doc. 6) are overruled.
2. The petition (Doc. 1) for a writ of habeas corpus is DISMISSED for lack of jurisdiction.
3. The Clerk of Court is directed to close this case.
William W. Caldwell
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