Ridley v. Hetzel et al(INMATE 3)
ORDER granting 2 Motion for Leave to Proceed In Forma Pauperis; ORDERED that on or before 7/19/2011, the petitioner shall file with this court an amendment to his § 2254 petition, as further set out in order. Signed by Honorable Judge Susan Russ Walker on 6/28/2011. (wcl, )
IN THE DISTRICT COURT OF THE UNITED STATES
FOR THE MIDDLE DISTRICT OF ALABAMA
EDWARD RIDLEY, #276808,
GARY HETZEL, et al.,
Civil Action No. 2:11cv504-MHT
The petitioner’s motion for leave to proceed in forma pauperis is GRANTED.
The petitioner has filed the above-captioned action for habeas corpus relief pursuant
to 28 U.S.C. § 2254. On the first page of his petition (Doc. No. 1), the petitioner indicates
that he is challenging a judgment of conviction entered on February 14, 2011, by the Circuit
Court of Pike County, Alabama. However, the grounds for relief stated by the petitioner in
the body of his petition relate only to actions of state courts in Georgia and Florida and make
no mention of the petitioner’s 2011 Pike County, Alabama, conviction. Habeas corpus relief
pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2254 is available to a state prisoner who challenges the
constitutionality of the basis of his state custody. See, e.g., Preiser v. Rodriguez, 411 U.S.
475, 504-05 (1973); Thomas v. Crosby, 371 F.3d 782, 786-87 (11 th Cir. 2004); 28 U.S.C.
§ 2254(a). In the petitioner’s case, it appears that the basis of his state custody is his 2011
Pike County, Alabama, conviction. Accordingly, it is
ORDERED that on or before July 19, 2011, the petitioner shall file with this court an
amendment to his § 2254 petition that clearly states each ground on which he challenges
his 2011 Pike County, Alabama, conviction and sets forth the specific facts supporting
The petitioner is cautioned that his failure to comply with this Order will result in a
recommendation by the undersigned that this case be dismissed.
Done this 28th day of June, 2011.
/s/Susan Russ Walker
SUSAN RUSS WALKER
CHIEF UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
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