August 21, 2014
DAVID GORDON FLEMING, Petitioner,
WARDEN, MAINE STATE PRISON, Respondent
Petitioner DAVID GORDON FLEMING represented by DAVID GORDON FLEMING
Respondent RODNEY BOUFFARD
Respondent STATE OF MAINE
Notice Only Party MAINE ATTORNEY GENERAL - HABEAS CASES
RECOMMENDED DECISION ON 28 U.S.C. § 2254 PETITION
John C. Nivison U.S. Magistrate Judge
In this action, Petitioner David Gordon Fleming, an inmate at the Maine State Prison, seeks relief pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2254, alleging that he is in custody in violation of the Constitution. (Petition, ECF No. 1.) Petitioner previously sought relief in this Court pursuant to section 2254. According to this Court’s decision in Petitioner’s prior section 2254 case, Petitioner was convicted in the Maine Superior Court (York County), after he pled guilty to charges of attempted murder, kidnapping, gross sexual assault, unlawful sexual contact and aggravated assault. Fleming v. Merrill, No. 05-93-B-S, 2006 WL 266146, at *1, 2006 U.S. Dist. Lexis 4212, at *1 (D. Me. Feb. 1, 2006) (recommended decision, affirmed Feb. 23, 2006).
Title 28 U.S.C. § 2244 governs second or successive section 2254 petitions. Section 2244(b)(3)(A) states: “Before a second or successive application permitted by this section is filed in the district court, the applicant shall move in the appropriate court of appeals for an order authorizing the district court to consider the application.” See also First Circuit Local Rule 22.1. The record does not reflect that the First Circuit has authorized this Court to consider the petition. Accordingly, the recommendation is that the petition be dismissed, in accordance with Rule 4 of the Rules Governing Section 2254 Cases, without requiring Respondent to answer.
Based on the foregoing analysis, it is recommended that the Court dismiss the petition. It is further recommended that the Court deny a certificate of appealability pursuant to Rule 11 of the Rules Governing Section 2254 Cases, because there is no substantial showing of the denial of a constitutional right within the meaning of 28 U.S.C. § 2253(c)(2).