UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
March 29, 2012
ALBERT NAJERA, UNITED STATES DIRECTING THE CLERK TO MARSHAL FOR THE EASTERN CLOSE THE ACTION DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA, RESPONDENT.
The opinion of the court was delivered by: Sheila K. Oberto United States Magistrate Judge
ORDER DISMISSING THE PETITION AS MOOT PURSUANT TO PETITIONER'S NOTICE OF VOLUNTARY DISMISSAL (DOCS. 1, 8) ORDER
Petitioner is a federal prisoner proceeding with counsel with a petition for writ of habeas corpus pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2241. Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 636(c)(1), Petitioner has consented to the jurisdiction of the United States Magistrate Judge to conduct all further proceedings in the case, including the entry of final judgment, by manifesting consent in a signed writing filed by Petitioner on March 28, 2012 (doc. 7). Pending before the Court is Petitioner's notice of withdrawal of the petition on the ground of mootness, which was filed on March 13, 2012. The Court CONSTRUES the notice of withdrawal as a voluntary dismissal of the action pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 41(a).
Subject to other provisions of law, a Petitioner may voluntarily dismiss an action without leave of court before service by the adverse party of an answer or motion for summary judgment. Fed. R. Civ. P. 41(a). Otherwise, an action shall not be dismissed except upon order of the court and upon such terms and conditions as the court deems proper. Id.
Further, it appears that the only relief Petitioner sought was release from custody, and that Petitioner has been released from custody. The matter is therefore moot because the Court may no longer grant any effective relief. See Bade v. Cox, 931 F.2d 573, 574 (9th Cir. 1991).
Accordingly, it is ORDERED that:
1) The petition for writ of habeas corpus is DISMISSED as moot; and
2) The Clerk is DIRECTED to close this action because this order terminates the proceeding in its entirety.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
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