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Ramsey v. Bertsch

United States District Court, D. North Dakota, Southeastern Division

March 30, 2015

Terry D. Ramsey, Petitioner,
v.
Leeann Bertsch, Director, NDDOCR, Wayne Stenehjem, NDAG, and State of North Dakota, Respondents.

ORDER ADOPTING REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION

RALPH R. ERICKSON, Chief Judge.

Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. ยง 636, the court has received a Report and Recommendation from the Honorable Alice R. Senechal, United States Magistrate Judge, recommending that respondents' motion to dismiss be granted and petitioner's petition for habeas relief be dismissed with prejudice.[1] Petitioner Terry D. Ramsey ("Ramsey") has filed an objection to the Report and Recommendation.[2] Ramsey reiterates his innocence, but presents no additional evidence.

The court has conducted a de novo review of the record. Contrary to Ramsey's assertions, the evidence in the record is not such that a jury would "certainly find [him] innocent beyond a reasonable doubt." The victim's recantation letter postmarked May 4, 2011 is, as noted by the state courts and the magistrate judge, tenuous. Moreover, one might reasonably question the reliability of the victim's affidavits, particularly the last affidavit, asserting no abuse occurred, which is in a form more consistent with assistance from Ramsey's father.

On this record, Ramsey's claims are time-barred and he has failed to make a showing for equitable tolling. Although a petitioner may proceed with claims that would otherwise be time-barred if he demonstrates actual innocence, Ramsey has failed to provide sufficient credible evidence of actual innocence. Accordingly, the court hereby adopts the Report and Recommendation in its entirety. For the reasons stated therein, the respondents' motion to dismiss is GRANTED and Ramsey's petition for habeas relief is DISMISSED with prejudice.

The court finds that any appeal would be frivolous, could not be taken in good faith, and may not be taken in forma pauperis . Based upon the entire record, dismissal of the motion is not debatable, reasonably subject to a different outcome on appeal, or otherwise deserving of further proceedings. Therefore, a certificate of appealability will not be issued by the court.[3] If Ramsey desires further review, he may request the issuance of a certificate of appealability by a circuit judge of the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals.

IT IS SO ORDERED.

LET JUDGMENT BE ENTERED ACCORDINGLY.


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