January 9, 2014
FRANCISCO S. ROJAS, Petitioner,
PATRICK GLEBE, Respondent.
ORDER ADOPTING REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION
BENJAMIN H. SETTLE, District Judge.
This matter comes before the Court on the Report and Recommendation ("R&R") of the Honorable J. Richard Creatura, United States Magistrate Judge (Dkt. 16), and Plaintiff Francisco S. Rojas's ("Rojas") objections to the R&R (Dkt. 17).
On August 29, 2013, Rojas filed a petition for writ of habeas corpus. Dkt. 6. On October 25, 2013, Respondent Patrick Glebe ("Glebe") filed a response to the petition. Dkt. 13.
On November 27, 2013, Judge Creatura issued an R&R finding that the petition was time barred by four months. Dkt. 16 at 1-4. Further, Judge Creatura concluded that there was no basis for statutory or equitable tolling. Id. at 4-6.
Rojas objects to Judge Creatura's R&R essentially on the basis that Judge Creatura failed to address what he terms his "timely submitted" "motion for an extension of time to respond to Glebe's answer to his petition." Dkt. 17 at 3. Rojas maintains that this motion indicated that he is a "Native Hispanic from Mexico, who has little to no understanding of the English language, neither reading it or writing it." Id. at 1. Rojas argues that had Judge Creatura considered his motion, it would have led him to determine that "I needed an extension to present a comprehensive detailed rebuttal backed by pertinent... authorities rebutting States answer to my petition...." Id. at 3. According to Rojas, "due to the Magistrate not addressing my motion for an extension of time, I was not able to find anyone to help me write a rebuttal to the State's answer."
Despite Rojas's contention that he filed a motion for an extension of time based on his limited ability to speak English, the record in this case does not reflect that such a motion was filed. Therefore, Judge Creatura did not err in failing to respond to Rojas's motion. Furthermore, Judge Creatura's conclusion that Rojas's petition was filed after the statute of limitations expired is correct. His petition is time barred.
The Court having considered the R&R, Petitioner's objections, and the remaining record, does hereby find and order as follows:
(1) The R&R is ADOPTED;
(2) This action is DISMISSED;
(3) A certificate of appealability is denied.