STATE EX REL RANDY GUIDRY v. STATE OF LOUISIANA

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Supreme Court of Louisiana.

STATE EX REL. RANDY GUIDRY v. STATE OF LOUISIANA

No. 15-KH-1679

    Decided: October 28, 2016

Denied. The court of appeal did not err in construing relator's filing as an application for post-conviction relief. See, e.g., Smith v. Cajun Insulation, 392 So.2d 398, 402 n.2 (La. 1980). The application was not timely filed in the district court, and relator fails to carry his burden to show that an exception applies. La.C.Cr.P. art. 930.8; State ex rel. Glover v. State, 93-2330 (La. 9/5/95), 660 So.2d 1189. In addition, relator's sentencing claims are not cognizable on collateral review. La.C.Cr.P. art. 930.3; State ex rel. Melinie v. State, 93-1380 (La. 1/12/96), 665 So.2d 1172; see also State v. Cotton, 09-2397 (La. 10/15/10), 45 So.3d 1030; State v. Thomas, 08-2912 (La. 10/16/09), 19 So.3d 466. Finally, the application is repetitive. La.C.Cr.P. art. 930.4.

Relator has now fully litigated his second application for post-conviction relief in state court. Similar to federal habeas relief, see 28 U.S.C. ยง 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.

PER CURIAM:

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