State ex rel. Darron Harris v. State of Louisiana

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State ex rel. Darron Harris v. State of Louisiana

No. 2015-KH-1563

Decided: September 23, 2016

 Denied. Relator's convictions and sentences became final in 2002, and he does not provide a dated copy of the application for post-conviction relief filed in the District Court. Relator fails to offer proof that his application was timely filed in the District Court or that an exception applies to the two-year time limitations period. La.C.Cr.P. art. 930.8; State ex rel. Glover v. State, 93-2330 (La. 9/5/95), 660 So.2d 1189.

Relator has now fully litigated his application for post-conviction relief in state court. Similar to federal habeas relief, see 28 U.S.C. § 2244, Louisiana post-conviction procedure envisions the filing of a second or successive application only under the narrow circumstances provided in La.C.Cr.P. art. 930.4 and within the limitations period as set out in La.C.Cr.P. art. 930.8. Notably, the Legislature in 2013 La. Acts 251 amended that article to make the procedural bars against successive filings mandatory. Relator's claims have now been fully litigated in accord with La.C.Cr.P. art. 930.6, and this denial is final. Hereafter, unless he can show that one of the narrow exceptions authorizing the filing of a successive  application applies, relator has exhausted his right to state collateral review. The District Court is ordered to record a minute entry consistent with this per curiam.