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UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF VERMONT

MICHAEL A. KIRKMAN

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VERMONT DEPARTMENT OF
CORRECTIONS, ET AL.,

Petitioner,

v.

Respondents.

File No. 1:12-cv-261-jgm

ORDER
(Doc. 18.)

The Magistrate Judge’s Report and Recommendation was filed April 22, 2013. (Doc. 18.)

The Report and Recommendation is AFFIRMED, APPROVED, and ADOPTED. See 28 U.S.C. §

636(b)(1).

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Michael Kirkman’s Petition (Doc. 4) is DISMISSED without prejudice as

unexhausted.

2.

The Respondents’ Motion to Strike Certain Respondents and Dismiss Certain Claims

as Improper (Doc. 8) is GRANTED.

3.

The Respondents’ Motion to Deny the Petition (Doc. 13) is GRANTED to the

extent denial is without prejudice; and

4.

The Respondents’ Motion to Require Petitioner to Establish Grounds for a Stay

(Doc. 8) is DENIED.

Following the issuance of the Report and Recommendation, Kirkman filed an additional

memorandum, entitled “Petitioner’s Rebuttal to Respondents Supplemental Memorandum,” on

April 30, 2013. (Doc. 19.) The memorandum responds to the Supplemental Memorandum

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Regarding Access to the Courts and Petitioner’s Notice of Dismissal that the Respondents filed on

March 15, 2013. (Doc. 12.) Much of Kirkman’s Response challenges the adequacy of the law

library at the prison where he resides. Id. at 1-5. The Response also seeks to stay the Petition,

rather than dismiss it. Id. at 6. Kirkman had previously moved the Court to dismiss his petition

without prejudice. (Doc. 11 at 1.)

The Court adopts the Report and Recommendation notwithstanding this additional filing.

Filed over forty-five days after the Supplemental Memorandum, the Response is untimely. See D.

Vt. L.R. 7. The Response has not caused the Court to question the findings in the Report and

Recommendation. The Magistrate Judge correctly determined Kirkman had yet to exhaust his state

court remedies. (Doc. 18 at 11.) As a consequence, the stay-and-abeyance procedure is not

available to him. Id. at 11-12. This conclusion is unaffected by the adequacy of the prison law

library.

In light of this additional filing, the Court reviewed the findings in the Report and

Recommendation de novo. See 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1).

It is further certified that any appeal taken in forma pauperis from this Order

would not be taken in good faith because such an appeal would be frivolous. See 28

U.S.C. § 1915(a)(3).

SO ORDERED.

Dated at Brattleboro, in the District of Vermont, this 4 day of June, 2013.

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/s/ J. Garvan Murtha
Honorable J. Garvan Murtha
United States District Judge

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