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Hollins v. State

Supreme Court of Mississippi

February 13, 2019

GREGORY HOLLINS
v.
STATE OF MISSISSIPPI

          ORDER

          MICHAEL K. RANDOLPH, CHIEF JUSTICE FOR THE COURT

         This matter is before the Court on the Application for Leave to Proceed in the Trial Court filed pro se by Gregory Hollins. The mandate in Hollins's direct appeal issued in 2012. The present petition is subject to the time bar. Miss. Code Ann. § 99-39-5 (Rev. 2015). Further, Hollins's previous petition for post-conviction relief was denied by order of the Court entered on December 29, 2015. The present filing is successive. Miss. Code Ann. § 99-39-27 (Rev. 2015). After due consideration, the panel finds that Hollins has presented no arguable basis for his claims, that no exception to the procedural bars exists, and that the petition should be denied. See Means v. State, 43 So.3d 438, 442 (Miss. 2010). Notwithstanding the procedural bars, the Court finds that the claims raised in the petition are without merit.

         The Court further finds that the present petition is frivolous. Hollins is hereby warned that future filings deemed frivolous could result in monetary sanctions or in restrictions on the petitioner's ability to file petitions for post-conviction collateral relief (or pleadings in that nature) in forma pauperis. See Order, Dunn v. State, 2016-M-01514 (Miss. Nov. 15, 2018).

         IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED that the Application for Leave to Proceed in the Trial Court filed pro se by Gregory Hollins is denied.

         SO ORDERED.

          TO DENY AND ISSUE SANCTIONS WARNING: RANDOLPH, C.J., COLEMAN, AND ISHEE, JJ.

          TO DISMISS AND ISSUE SANCTIONS WARNING: MAXWELL, BEAM, AND CHAMBERLIN, JJ.

          TO DENY: KITCHENS AND KING, P.JJ.

          GRIFFIS, J., NOT PARTICIPATING.

          KING, PRESIDING JUSTICE, OBJECTING TO THE ORDER IN PART WITH SEPARATE WRITTEN STATEMENT:

         ¶1. Although Gregory Hollins's application for post-conviction relief does not merit relief, I disagree with the Court's finding that the application is frivolous and with the warning that future filings deemed frivolous may result in monetary sanctions or restrictions on filing applications for post-conviction collateral relief in forma pauperis.[1]

         ¶2. This Court previously has defined a frivolous motion to mean one filed in which the movant has "no hope of success." Roland v. State, 666 So.2d 747, 751 (Miss. 1995). However, "though a case may be weak or 'light-headed,' that is not sufficient to label it frivolous." Calhoun v. State, 849 So.2d 892, 897 (Miss. 2003). In his application for post-conviction relief, Hollins made reasonable arguments challenging the subsequent drug-offender enhancement and claiming that certified copies of his prior convictions do not appear in the record, that he is actually innocent, and that his sentence is disproportionate. As such, I disagree with the Court's determination that Hollins's application is frivolous.

         ¶3. Additionally, I disagree with this Court's warning that future filings may result in monetary sanctions or restrictions on filling applications for post-conviction collateral relief in forma pauperis. The imposition of monetary sanctions upon a criminal defendant proceeding in forma pauperis only serves to punish or preclude that defendant from his lawful right to appeal. Black's Law Dictionary defines sanction as "[a] provision that gives force to a legal imperative by either rewarding obedience or punishing disobedience." Sanction, Black's Law Dictionary (10th ed. 2014) (emphasis added). Instead of punishing the defendant for filing a motion, I believe that this Court should simply deny or dismiss motions that lack merit. As Justice Brennan wisely stated,

The Court's order purports to be motivated by this litigant's disproportionate consumption of the Court's time and resources. Yet if his filings are truly as repetitious as it appears, it hardly takes much time to identify them as such. I find it difficult to see how the amount of time and resources required to deal properly with McDonald's petitions could be so great as to justify the step we now take. Indeed, the time that has been consumed in the preparation of the present order barring the door to Mr. McDonald far exceeds that which would have been necessary to process his petitions for the next several years at least. I continue to ...

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