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Keith Thomas v. Matthew Cate

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA


February 22, 2012

KEITH THOMAS,
PETITIONER,
v.
MATTHEW CATE, ET AL., RESPONDENTS.

The opinion of the court was delivered by: Hon. Nita L. Stormes U.S. Magistrate Judge United States District Court

ORDER SUA SPONTE SUBSTITUTING RESPONDENT

On October 31, 2011, Petitioner, a state prisoner proceeding pro se, submitted a First Amended Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2254. At the time of filing, Petitioner was apparently housed at Salinas Valley State Prison and thus named Anthony Hedgpeth, Warden, as Respondent. (ECF No. 7.) Based on the notice of change of address Petitioner submitted to the Court on February 17, 2012, it appears Petitioner is no longer housed at Salinas Valley State Prison; rather, it appears he is presently incarcerated at Corcoran State Prison in Corcoran, California. (ECF No. 21.)

A writ of habeas corpus acts upon the custodian of the state prisoner. See 28 U.S.C. § 2242; Rule 2(a), 28 U.S.C. foll. § 2254. Because Petitioner's place of custody has changed, so has his custodian. Accordingly, in order to conform with the requirements of Rule 2(a) of the Rules Governing § 2254 Cases and to avoid changing the Respondent again if Petitioner is transferred to another prison or paroled, the Court hereby sua sponte ORDERS the substitution of Matthew Cate, Secretary of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, as Respondent in place of "Anthony Hedgpeth." See Ortiz-Sandoval v. Gomez, 81 F.3d 891, 894 (9th Cir. 1996) (stating that the respondent in § 2254 proceedings may be the chief officer in charge of state penal institutions). The Clerk of the Court shall modify the docket to reflect "Matthew Cate, Secretary" as respondent in place of "Anthony Hedgpeth."

IT IS SO ORDERED.

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