UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT CENTRAL DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA WESTERN DIVISION
October 30, 2009
RICKEY LOUIS ALFORD, PETITIONER,
HAWS, WARDEN, RESPONDENTS.
The opinion of the court was delivered by: Margaret M. Morrow United States District Judge
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER DISMISSING PETITION
Petitioner filed this petition for a writ of habeas corpus in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. The case was transferred to this Court on October 7, 2009.*fn1 For the following reasons, the petition is subject to summary dismissal pursuant to Rule 4 of the Rules Governing Section 2254 Cases.
To begin with, the Court cannot discern the factual or legal basis for petitioner's claims. For example, petitioner alleges the following as grounds for relief: "Richard West atty and DMH in Salinas Prison, attacked Brian Pomerantz Fed Pub Def West and psych staff with Warden of Salinas Valley State Prison bribery of attackers....;" "Obstruction of justice to hurt Brian Pomerantz;" "Parole Agent Rodney McElvaine had Ashely Wilson poison petitioner mother;" "When released on June 4 2008, two cars were totaled-out at my mother home;" "Two parole violations, both times no witnesses, but fraud & cover-up." [Petition at 5-6].
Rule 4 of the Rules Governing Section 2254 Cases provides that "[i]f it plainly appears from the face of the petition and any exhibits annexed to it that the petitioner is not entitled to relief in the district court, the judge shall make an order for its summary dismissal...." Summary dismissal pursuant to Rule 4 is appropriate only where the allegations in the petition are "vague or conclusory," "palpably incredible," or "patently frivolous or false." Hendricks v. Vasquez, 908 F.2d 490, 491 (9th Cir. 1990) (quoting Blackledge v. Allison, 431 U.S. 63, 75-76 (1977)). As pleaded, the petition filed in this case is subject to summary dismissal because the allegations are vague, conclusory, and frivolous. See generally Rule 2(c) of the Rules Governing Section 2254 Cases (providing that a habeas petition must specify the grounds for relief and shall set forth in summary form the facts supporting those grounds); O'Bremski v. Maas, 915 F.2d 418, 420 (9th Cir. 1990) (explaining that "notice pleading is not sufficient,"and that the petition must state facts pointing to a "real possibility of constitutional error"), cert. denied, 498 U.S. 1096 (1991).
Furthermore, to the extent that petitioner's allegations are comprehensible, they are not related to the constitutional validity of petitioner's conviction or sentence. As such, these allegations cannot serve as a basis for federal habeas relief. See Preiser v. Rodriguez, 411 U.S. 475, 498-499 (1973) (explaining that habeas corpus proceedings are the proper and exclusive mechanism for a prisoner to challenge the fact or duration of his confinement).
For the foregoing reasons, the petition is dismissed without prejudice to petitioner's ability to file a petition properly alleging intelligible grounds for federal habeas corpus relief.