IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
April 22, 2011
MARK SCOTT, PETITIONER,
SACRAMENTO SUPERIOR COURT, ET AL., RESPONDENTS.
The opinion of the court was delivered by: Gregory G. Hollows United States Magistrate Judge
Petitioner, a county jail inmate proceeding pro se, has filed an application for a writ of habeas corpus (Doc. 1) on March 21, 2011, a first amended petition for writ of habeas corpus (Doc. 4) on April 4, 2011 and a civil rights complaint (Doc. 6) on April 14, 2011.
Plaintiff can only proceed in this case with one action. To the extent petitioner seeks to challenge a prior state court adjudication, he must proceed by way of an application pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2254. "Challenges to the validity of any confinement or to particulars affecting its duration are the province of habeas corpus, Preiser v. Rodriguez, 411 U.S. 475, 500, 93 S.Ct. 1827, 36 L.Ed.2d 439 (1973)[.]" Muhammad v. Close, 540 U.S. 749, 750, 124 S.Ct. 1303, 1304, 158 L.Ed.2d 32 (2004) (per curiam). However, "requests for relief turning on circumstances of confinement may be presented in a § 1983 action." Id.
The instant petitions are vague and incoherent and it is not entirely clear what petitioner is challenging. It appears that petitioner's parole was revoked or he may be awaiting trial on new charges. Regardless, the undersigned cannot be certain of what are the substantive claims. Petitioner states his counsel is or was ineffective, but the exact nature of how counsel was ineffective is not clear. The civil rights complaint also contains several claims that are not related or maybe barred by the Younger abstention doctrine.
The petitions and civil rights complaint are dismissed. Plaintiff must file either an amended complaint or an amended petition within 28 days of service of this order, at which point the court will review the application to proceed in forma pauperis and plaintiff's amended filing. If plaintiff continues to file multiple filings in this action that are unrelated, this case may be dismissed.
In accordance with the above, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that the petitions and civil rights action are dismissed, but petitioner is granted leave to file either an amended petition or amended complaint within twenty-eight days of the order. Failure to file an amended filing will result in this action being dismissed.
Gregory G. Hollows
GGH: AB scot0756.ord
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