STATE EX REL REGINALD LOMBARD v. STATE OF LOUISIANA

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Supreme Court of Louisiana.

STATE EX REL. REGINALD LOMBARD v. STATE OF LOUISIANA

No. 15-KH-2120

Decided: May 26, 2017

Denied. Relator's application is properly considered an application for post-conviction relief because he seeks to set aside his conviction and sentence. La.C.Cr.P. art. 924. Relator does not demonstrate that his guilty plea is invalid. La.C.Cr.P. art. 930.2. We attach hereto and make a part hereof the district court's written reasons denying relator's application.

Relator has now fully litigated his 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: