IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
September 27, 2011
DANIEL TONNEMACHER, PETITIONER,
STATE OF CALIFORNIA, RESPONDENT.
ORDER AND FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDATIONS
Petitioner, a prisoner without counsel, has filed a petition for a writ of habeas corpus. See 28 U.S.C. § 2254. It appears that petitioner has filed duplicative petitions, and that this action should therefore be dismissed. A suit is duplicative if the "claims, parties, and available relief do not significantly differ between the two actions." Barapind v. Reno, 72 F. Supp. 2d 1132, 1145 (E.D. Cal. 1999) (quoting Ridge Gold Standard Liquors, Inc. v. Joseph E. Seagram & Sons, Inc., 572 F. Supp. 1210, 1213 (N.D. Ill. 1983)). "When a complaint involving the same parties and issues has already been filed in another federal district court, the court has discretion to abate or dismiss the second action. Id. at 1144 (citation omitted). "Federal comity and judicial economy give rise to rules which allow a district court to transfer, stay, or dismiss an action when a similar complaint has already been filed in another federal court." Id. at 1145 (citation omitted). "[I]ncreasing calendar congestion in the federal courts makes it imperative to avoid concurrent litigation in more than one forum whenever consistent with the right of the parties." Crawford v. Bell, 599 F.2d 890, 893 (9th Cir. 1979).
On May 19, 2011, petitioner filed an application for a writ of habeas
corpus in this district. Tonnemacher v. El Dorado County Sheriff's
Department, No. Civ. S-11-1363 KJM DAD, Docket No. 1.*fn1
In that petition, petitioner claims he has been unlawfully
confined to the Placerville Jail, for an alleged probation violation,
for allegedly failing to appear, or for both reasons, since the Spring
of 2010. On September 15, 2011, petitioner commenced this action by
filing a second application, raising the same issues as those raised
in the earlier filed application. See Dckt. Nos. 1, 2 (explaining
petitioner filed second habeas application in case it would be "faster
and easier . . ."). Due to the duplicative nature of the present
action, this action should be dismissed and petitioner should proceed
on the action he initially commenced.
Accordingly, it is hereby ORDERED that the Clerk of the Court randomly assign a United States District Judge to this case.
It is further RECOMMENDED that this action be dismissed without prejudice.
These findings and recommendations are submitted to the United States District Judge assigned to the case, pursuant to the provisions of 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(l). Within fourteen days after being served with these findings and recommendations, any party may file written objections with the court and serve a copy on all parties. Such a document should be captioned "Objections to Magistrate Judge's Findings and Recommendations." Failure to file objections within the specified time may waive the right to appeal the District Court's order. Turner v. Duncan, 158 F.3d 449, 455 (9th Cir. 1998); Martinez v. Ylst, 951 F.2d 1153 (9th Cir. 1991).