UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
August 9, 2012
KATHY ALISON, WARDEN,
The opinion of the court was delivered by: Honorable Larry Alan Burns United States District Judge
(1) GRANTING APPLICATION TO PROCEED IN FORMA PAUPERIS and
(2) SUA SPONTE SUBSTITUTING RESPONDENT
Petitioner, a state prisoner proceeding pro se, has submitted a Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2254, together with a request to proceed in forma pauperis.
APPLICATION TO PROCEED IN FORMA PAUPERIS
Petitioner has $0.00 on account at the California correctional institution in which he is presently confined. Petitioner cannot afford the $5.00 filing fee. Thus, the Court GRANTS Petitioner's application to proceed in forma pauperis, and allows Petitioner to prosecute the above-referenced action as a poor person without being required to prepay fees or costs and without being required to post security. The Clerk of the Court shall file the Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus without prepayment of the filing fee.
SUBSTITUTION OF RESPONDENT
Petitioner is currently confined at California State Prison, Corcoran, and has named Kathy Alison, Warden, as Respondent. According to the official California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation ("CDCR") website, Connie Gipson is the Warden of California State Prison, Corcoran, not Kathy Alison, as named by Petitioner. See Daniels-Hall v. Nat'l Educ. Ass'n., 629 F.3d 992, 998-99 (9th Cir. 2010) (taking judicial notice of information posted on government website, the accuracy of which was undisputed). Because the possibility exists that the Warden of California State Prison, Corcoran has changed since Petitioner submitted his Petition and the information on the CDCR website reflects that change, and because under a liberal construction of the petition it appears Petitioner has named the Warden by his or her official title, and in order to conform with the requirements of Rule 2(a) of the Rules Governing § 2254 Cases and 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 "Kathy Alison." 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); Fed.R.Civ.P.25(d). The Clerk of the Court shall modify the docket to reflect "Matthew Cate, Secretary" as respondent in place of "Kathy Alison."
CONCLUSION AND ORDER
In light of the above, the Court GRANTS Petitioner's request to proceed in forma pauperis, and sua sponte ORDERS the substitution of "Matthew Cate, Secretary" as Respondent in place of "Kathy Alison."
IT IS SO ORDERED.
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