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Diaz v. Sugrue

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA


August 20, 2009

ARMANDO DIAZ DIAZ, PETITIONER,
v.
J. SUGRUE, WARDEN RESPONDENT.

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

ORDER REQUIRING RESPONDENT TO SUBMIT ANSWER ADDRESSING MERITS OF PETITION ORDER REQUIRING RESPONDENT TO SUBMIT NOTICE OF APPEARANCE ORDER DIRECTING CLERK OF COURT TO SERVE DOCUMENTS

Petitioner is a federal prisoner proceeding pro se with a petition for writ of habeas corpus pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2241.

Writ of habeas corpus relief extends to a person in custody under the authority of the United States. See 28 U.S.C. § 2241. While a federal prisoner who wishes to challenge the validity or constitutionality of his conviction must bring a petition for writ of habeas corpus under 28 U.S.C. § 2255, a petitioner challenging the manner, location, or conditions of that sentence's execution must bring a petition for writ of habeas corpus under 28 U.S.C. § 2241.

See, e.g., Capaldi v. Pontesso, 135 F.3d 1122, 1123 (6th Cir. 1998); United States v. Tubwell, 37 F.3d 175, 177 (5th Cir. 1994); Kingsley v. Bureau of Prisons, 937 F.2d 26, 30 n.5 (2nd Cir. 1991); United States v. Jalili, 925 F.2d 889, 893-94 (6th Cir. 1991); Barden v. Keohane, 921 F.2d476, 478-79 (3rd Cir. 1991); United States v. Hutchings, 835 F.2d 185, 186-87 (8th Cir. 1987); Brown v. United States, 610 F.2d 672, 677 (9th Cir. 1990). A petitioner filing a petition for writ of habeas corpus under 28 U.S.C. § 2241 must file the petition in the judicial district of the petitioner's custodian. Brown, 610 F.2d at 677.

In this case, Petitioner contends that the Bureau of Prisons has improperly calculated his custody credits toward his federal sentence. Petitioner is challenging the execution of his sentence rather than the imposition of that sentence. Thus, his petition is proper under 28 U.S.C. § 2241. In addition, because Petitioner is currently incarcerated at California Correctional Institution ("CCI"), and CCI is within the Eastern District of California, this Court has jurisdiction to proceed to the merits of the petition. See U.S. v. Giddings, 740 F.2d 770, 772 (9th Cir.1984).

ORDER

Accordingly, pursuant to Rule 4 of the Rules Governing Section 2254 Cases,*fn1 the Court HEREBY ORDERS:

1. Respondent SHALL FILE an ANSWER addressing the merits of the Petition within SIXTY (60) days of the date of service of this order. Respondent shall include with the response any and all transcripts or other documents relevant to the resolution of the issues presented in the petition, including copies of appeals taken by a prisoner within the prison and before the Bureau of Prisons.*fn2 Rule 5 of the Rules Governing Section 2254 Cases. The Court recognizes that Counsel on behalf of the Government and/or the Institution*fn3 may wish to respond on separate issues raised in the Petition. However, the Court will accept only one (1) "Answer." Such Answer SHALL CONTAIN all argument with respect to all of the issues raised in the Petition, whether formulated by Counsel for the Government or the Institution.

2. Respondent SHALL FILE a Notice of Appearance within TWENTY (20) days of the date of service of this Order. The Notice SHALL indicate the name of the individual(s) who will be representing the Government and/or the Institution. The Notice is necessary to ensure that the appropriate counsel for Respondent is being served by the Court. The submission of the Notice of Appearance will terminate Court service on those listed in paragraph 4.

3. Petitioner's TRAVERSE, if any, is due on or before THIRTY (30) days from the date Respondent's Answer is filed.

4. The Clerk of the Court SHALL serve a copy of this Order along with a copy of the Petition and all exhibits on the Office of the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of California, an agent for the appropriate Correctional Institution if applicable, and the United States Bureau of Prisons.

All motions shall be submitted on the record and briefs filed without oral argument unless otherwise ordered by the Court. Local Rule 78-230(h). All provisions of Local Rule 11-110 are applicable to this order.

IT IS SO ORDERED.


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