United States District Court, Middle District of Pennsylvania
March 24, 2015
RODMAN FOSTER, Petitioner
DAVID A. VARANO, et al. Respondents
Christopher C. Conner, Chief Judge.
AND NOW, this 24th day of March, 2015, upon consideration of the motion (Doc. 38) for relief from judgment under Federal Rules of Civil Procedure 60(d)(1) and 60(d)(3) filed by pro se petitioner Rodmen R. Foster (“petitioner”), wherein petitioner moves the court to set aside its order (Doc. 31) of June 28, 2010, denying his petition (Doc. 1) for a writ of habeas corpus pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2254, and specifically asserts that the denial of his habeas corpus petition was “procured by means of fraudulent documentation” and that, as a result, his request “is not the fundamental equivalent of a second or successive habeas petition” depriving the court of jurisdiction over his claim, (see Doc. 38 at 1), but the court noting that petitioner’s argument in support of his motion, which he maintains is not a second or successive petition, is identical to the arguments raised before and rejected by the Third Circuit Court of Appeals in its denial of petitioner’s application pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2244 for leave to file a second or successive habeas corpus petition, see In re Rodmen Foster, No. 14-4706 (3d Cir. Jan. 30, 2015), and that petitioner’s motion challenges not the procedures surrounding the disposition of his initial habeas petition but rather the circumstances underlying his state sentence, see Pridgen v. Shannon, 380 F.3d 721, 727 (3d Cir. 2004) (“[W]hen the Rule 60(b) motion seeks to collaterally attack the petitioner’s underlying conviction, the motion should be treated as a successive habeas petition.”); see also Mabry v. United States, No. 4:04-CR-121, 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 123509, at *3 (M.D. Pa. Aug. 30, 2012) (“[A] Rule 60(d) motion is subject to the same successive petition restrictions that apply to Rule 60(b) motions.”) (citing Sharpe v. United States, No. 02-CR-771, 2010 WL 2572636, at *2 (E.D. Pa. June 22, 2010); United States v. Franklin, No. 99-CR-238, 2008 WL 4792168, at *3 (E.D. Pa. Oct. 31, 2008)), and the court concluding that petitioner’s instant motion is an unauthorized second or successive motion for habeas relief, see 28 U.S.C. § 2244(a), and that it must be dismissed for lack of jurisdiction, see Robinson v. Johnson, 313 F.3d 128, 140 (3d Cir. 2002) (“When a second or successive habeas petition is erroneously filed in a district court without the permission of a court of appeals, the district court’s only option is to dismiss the petition or transfer it to the court of appeals.”), it is hereby ORDERED that:
1. Petitioner’s motion (Doc. 38) pursuant to Federal Rules of Civil Procedure 60(b)(1) and (b)(3) is deemed to be a second or successive habeas petition under 28 U.S.C. § 2254 and is DENIED.
2. Petitioner’s motion (Doc. 39) for leave to proceed in forma pauperis is DENIED as moot.
3. No certificate of appealability shall issue. See R. Governing Section 2254 Cases R. 11.