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Beool v. Sugrue

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA


July 2, 2009

SAMIR BEOOL, PETITIONER,
v.
JOHN SUGRUE, RESPONDENT.

The opinion of the court was delivered by: Sandra M. Snyder United States Magistrate Judge

ORDER DISMISSING GROUND TWO OF PETITION FOR FAILURE TO STATE A COGNIZABLE CLAIM

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Petitioner is a federal prisoner proceeding pro se with a petition for writ of habeas corpus pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2241. Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 636(c)(1), the parties have consented to the jurisdiction of the United States Magistrate Judge.

In the instant petition for writ of habeas corpus, although it is not entirely clear it appears Petitioner claims (1) he was improperly denied bail, denied transfer to a community corrections center, and denied the opportunity to participate in certain Bureau of Prisons ("BOP") programs because he is a deportable alien; and (2) he is entitled to the findings of the investigation described in the detainer notice issued by the Immigration and Naturalization Service, or the detainer notice lifted. The latter claim must be dismissed.

A federal court may only grant a petition for writ of habeas corpus if the federal petitioner can demonstrate that he "is in custody in violation of the Constitution or laws or treaties of the United States." 28 U.S.C. § 2241(a), (c)(3). A habeas corpus petition is the correct method for a prisoner to challenge "the very fact or duration of his confinement," and where "the relief he seeks is a determination that he is entitled to immediate release or a speedier release from that imprisonment." Preiser v. Rodriguez, 411 U.S. 475, 489 (1973). Habeas corpus relief is not available to challenge an immigration detainer notice. See Campos v. Immigration and Naturalization Service, 62 F.3d 311, 314 (9th Cir. 1995); Garcia v. Taylor, 40 F.3d 299, 303 (9th Cir. 1994) ("the bare detainer letter alone does not sufficiently place an alien in INS custody to make habeas corpus available") (superseded on other grounds by statute).

Because Petitioner's claim regarding the investigation and issuance of the detainer notice does not challenge the fact or duration of his confinement, it is HEREBY DISMISSED from the action.

IT IS SO ORDERED.

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