United States District Court, W.D. Washington, Tacoma
August 13, 2014
RALPH HOWARD BLAKELY, 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 Karen L. Strombom, United States Magistrate Judge (Dkt. 15), and Petitioner Ralph Howard Blakely's ("Blakely") objections to the R&R (Dkt. 16).
On June 19, 2014, Judge Strombom issued the R&R recommending that the Court transfer Blakely's petition to the Ninth Circuit because it is a second or successive petition. Dkt. 15. Blakely objects to the transfer on the basis that he is actually innocent. Dkt. 16. Whether or not Blakely is actually innocent does not change the fact that he must seek permission from the Ninth Circuit before filing a second or successive petition. 28 U.S.C. § 2244(b)(3)(A).
Therefore, the Court having considered the R&R, Blakely's objections, and the remaining record, does hereby find and order as follows:
(1) The R&R is ADOPTED;
(2) The Clerk shall TRANSFER the petition to the Ninth Circuit; and
(3) This case shall be administratively closed.