Court of Appeals of Arizona, Second Division, Department A
July 23, 2013
THE STATE OF ARIZONA, Respondent,
RON DAMON BROWN, Petitioner.
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PETITION FOR REVIEW FROM THE SUPERIOR COURT OF MARICOPA COUNTY Cause No. CR2009117976001DT Honorable Lisa M. Roberts, Judge Pro Tempore.
Ron Brown Florence In Propria Persona
MICHAEL MILLER, Judge
¶1 Petitioner Ron Brown seeks review of the trial court's order dismissing his notice of post-conviction relief, filed pursuant to Rule 32, Ariz. R. Crim. P. We review a trial court's decision dismissing a Rule 32 proceeding for an abuse of discretion. See State v. Swoopes, 216 Ariz. 390, ¶ 4, 166 P.3d 945, 948 (App. 2007). Brown has not sustained his burden of establishing such abuse here.
¶2 After a jury trial, Brown was convicted of two counts of sexual conduct with a minor and one count of sexual abuse. The trial court imposed a presumptive five-year prison term on the sexual abuse count and consecutive, aggravated, life sentences on the sexual conduct counts. Brown's convictions and sentences were affirmed on appeal. State v. Brown, No. 1 CA-CR 10-0428 (memorandum decision filed Sept. 8, 2011). On February 8, 2012, more than three months after the mandate issued on his appeal, Brown initiated a proceeding for post-conviction relief, stating he was without fault in failing to timely file his notice. The trial court summarily denied the notice. Brown did not seek appellate review of the summary denial.
¶3 On April 4, 2012, Brown filed a second notice of post-conviction relief, claiming, as he had in his first proceeding, that he had not known of the time limits in which to file a notice of post-conviction relief after his appeal and requesting a "delayed petition." The trial court again summarily denied relief Brown filed a timely petition for review on April 30, 2012.
¶4 On review, Brown repeats that he was unaware of the time limits in which to file a notice of post-conviction relief and appears to challenge the trial court's ruling in both proceedings. But Brown cannot challenge the court's decision in the first proceeding through a petition for review in this subsequent proceeding. The time to petition this court for review from the February 15, 2012 summary ruling passed on March 16, 2012. See Ariz. R. Crim. P. 32.9(c).
¶5 Finally, although claims made pursuant to Rule 32.1(f) may be exempt from preclusion under Rule 32.2, Brown's claim was conclusively adjudicated in the previous proceeding and is now barred by res judicata. See State v. Little, 87 Ariz. 295, 304, 350 P.2d 756, 761-62 (1960) (doctrine of res judicata generally applies in criminal cases). The trial court did not abuse its discretion in dismissing his second notice. Therefore, although we grant the petition for review, we deny relief.
CONCURRING: JOSEPH W. HOWARD, Chief Judge, GARYE L. VÁSQUEZ, Presiding Judge.