IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
August 5, 2011
KIRK DOUGLAS WILLIAMS, PETITIONER,
KATHLEEN DICKINSON, RESPONDENT.
The opinion of the court was delivered by: Carolyn K. Delaney United States Magistrate Judge
Petitioner is a state prisoner, proceeding without counsel and in forma pauperis, with an application for writ of habeas corpus pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2254. He has moved to substitute A. Hedgpeth, warden of Salinas Valley State Prison, where petitioner is now incarcerated, as respondent. "A petitioner for habeas corpus relief must name the state officer having custody of him or her as the respondent to the petition." Stanley v. California Supreme Court, 21 F.3d 359, 360 (9th Cir. 1994). The motion is well taken.
Accordingly, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that the motion for substitution of party (Doc. No. 36) is granted. The Clerk of Court is directed to substitute A. Hedgpeth as respondent in this action.
Carolyn K. Delaney
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