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James Michael Munro v. M. Martel

March 30, 2012

JAMES MICHAEL MUNRO, PETITIONER,
v.
M. MARTEL, RESPONDENT.



FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDATIONS

Petitioner is a state prisoner proceeding pro se with a petition for a writ of habeas corpus pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2255. Petitioner has paid the filing fee.

In his petition, petitioner contends that in 1984 while he was in the custody of the Federal Bureau of Prisons, he had his name changed from James Michael Munro to Michael Bandit. (Doc. No. 1 at 7.) Petitioner alleges that he has notified the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) of his name change and complied with the applicable regulations, yet since 1992 when petitioner was returned to the custody of the CDCR, the respondent has "ordered" petitioner to use his "committed name[.]" (Id. at 9.) In terms of relief, petitioner seeks a court order requiring the CDCR: (1) to enter his name, Michael Bandit, into the "OBIS system[,]" (2) to issue him a new identification card in the name of Michael Bandit, and (3) to ensure that he obtains his mail and visitation under his legal name of Michael Bandit and be allowed to use that name. (Id. at 16.)

The court is required to examine a petition for federal habeas corpus relief before requiring a response to it. See Rules 3 & 4, Rules Governing § 2254 Cases. "If it plainly appears from the face of the petition . . . that the petitioner is not entitled to relief in the district court, the judge shall make an order for its summary dismissal . . . ." Rule 4, Rules Governing § 2254 Cases. Rule 4 "'explicitly allows a district court to dismiss summarily the petition on the merits when no claim for relief is stated.'" O'Bremski v. Maass, 915 F.2d 418, 420 (9th Cir. 1990) (quoting Gutierrez v. Griggs, 695 F.2d 1195, 1198 (9th Cir. 1983)).

In the court's November 3, 2011 order, petitioner was advised that if he continued to pursue this action by filing an application to proceed in forma pauperis or by paying the filing fee, the court would likely recommend that it be summarily dismissed. In that prior order, the court explained to petitioner that a habeas action is the appropriate vehicle by which to challenge the fact or duration of a prisoner's custody and that the relief petitioner seeks here is not available through a federal habeas action. ...


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