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Huntley v. Mahally

United States District Court, M.D. Pennsylvania

April 26, 2018

VINCENT V. HUNTLEY, Petitioner,
v.
LAWARENCE MAHALLY, Respondent.

          MEMORANDUM OPINION

          Matthew W. Brann United States District Judge

         I. BACKGROUND

         Vincent V. Huntley (“Petitioner”), an inmate presently confined at the State Correctional Institution, Dallas, Pennsylvania (“SCI-Dallas”), initiated this pro se habeas corpus petition pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2254. Petitioner has also filed an in forma pauperis application which will be granted for the purpose of the filing of this action with this Court.

         Petitioner entered a negotiated plea of nolo contendere to charges of first degree murder, criminal conspiracy, aggravated assault, endangering the welfare of a child, and abuse of a corpse on November 1, 2004 in the Court of Common Pleas of Dauphin County, Pennsylvania. As a result of his plea, Huntley was sentenced to a term of life imprisonment plus an aggregate twenty-three and a half (23 ½) to forty-seven (47) year term of incarceration. The charges stemmed from the abuse and murder of a seven (7) year old child. There is no indication that Petitioner filed a direct appeal.

         Huntley did seek collateral relief pursuant to Pennsylvania's Post Conviction Relief Act (PCRA). The PCRA permits motions for post-conviction collateral relief for allegations of error, including ineffective assistance of counsel, unlawfully induced guilty pleas, improper obstruction of rights to appeal by Commonwealth officials, and violation of constitutional provisions." Hankins v. Fulcomer, 941 F.2d 246, 251 (3d Cir. 1991).

         Petitioner initiated the PCRA action on October 13, 2005 which was thereafter dismissed by the sentencing court on August 23, 2006. On July 11, 2007, the Superior Court of Pennsylvania affirmed the denial of PCRA relief. On December 20, 2007 the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania denied Huntley's petition for allowance of appeal.

         On October 15, 2008, Huntley filed a petition for writ of habeas corpus in this Court. See Huntley v. McGrady, No. 4:08-CV-1901 (McClure, J.). By Memorandum and Order dated January 27, 2009, Huntley's prior habeas corpus action was dismissed as untimely. The United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit affirmed that determination by Order dated June 30, 2009.

         Petitioner's pending action, dated April 2, 2018 (approximately nine years after the dismissal of his prior § 2254 action), claims entitlement to federal habeas corpus relief on the grounds that the sentencing court never stated what statute, if any, was used to impose his life sentence. See Doc, . 1, ¶ 12. Huntley maintains that his sentence is illegal because it lacks statutory authorization. He adds that his pending claim should be deemed timely because it was filed within one year of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court's decision affirming the final determination of the Pennsylvania Office of Open Records regarding Huntley's right to know request seeking a true and correct copy of his sentencing order.

         II. DISCUSSION

         A. Standard of Review

         Habeas corpus petitions are subject to summary dismissal pursuant to Rule 4 (“Preliminary Review”) of the Rules Governing Section 2254 Cases in the United States District Courts, 28 U.S.C. foll. § 2254 (2004). See, e.g., Mutope v. Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole, 2007 WL 846559 *2 (M.D. Pa. March 19, 2007)(Kosik, J.). The provisions of Rule 4 are applicable to § 2241 petitions under Rule 1(b)). See, e.g., Patton v. Fenton, 491 F.Supp. 156, 158-59 (M.D. Pa. 1979).

         Rule 4 provides in pertinent part: “If it plainly appears from the petition and any attached exhibits that the petitioner is not entitled to relief in the district court, the judge must dismiss the petition and direct the clerk to notify the petitioner.” A petition may be dismissed without review of an answer “when the petition is frivolous, or obviously lacking in merit, or where. . . the necessary facts can be determined from the petition itself. . . .” Gorko v. Holt, Civ. No. 4:05-cv-956, 2005 WL 1138479 *1 (M.D. Pa. May 13, 2005)(McClure, J.)(quoting Allen v. Perini, 424 F.2d 134, 141 (6th Cir. 1970).

         B. Second or Successive Petition

         Title 28 U.S.C. § 2244(a) and Rule 9 of the Rules Governing Section 2254 Cases in the United States District Courts, 28 U.S.C. foll. § 2254 (1977), set forth the pertinent authority for determination as to whether second or successive § 2254 habeas corpus petitions may be reviewed by federal district courts. SeeGraham v. Warden, FCI-Allenwood, 348 Fed.Appx. 706 (3d Cir. 2009) (ยง 2244(a) ...


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