Cummings v. Allen
ORDER dismissing without prejudice 2 Petitioner's Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus pursuant to Rule 4 of the Rules Governing Section 2254 Cases; dismissing as moot 1 MOTION for Leave to Proceed in forma pauperis filed by Herbert Cummings. Signed by Judge James M. Moody on 11/3/2011. (jct)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS
CASE NO.: 3:11CV00215-JMM-BD
MIKE ALLEN, Sheriff,
Crittenden County, Arkansas
Herbert Cummings brings a petition for writ of habeas corpus under 28 U.S.C.
§ 2254. (Docket entry #1) In the petition, Mr. Cummings claims he is currently being
held in the Crittenden County Detention in violation of his constitutional rights, because
there are no charges pending against him.
Unfortunately for Mr. Cummings, this Court is without jurisdiction to hear his
petition. Under 28 U.S.C. §2254, a habeas petition may be brought in the district court
only “on behalf of a person in custody pursuant to the judgment of a State court.” 28
U.S.C. §2254(b)(emphasis added). Here, Mr. Cummings states that he is being held
without having been convicted of anything and with no pending charges against him.
Thus, Mr. Cummings is not in custody under a judgment of the State court, and this court
lacks jurisdiction to hear his claim.
Mr. Cummings’s petition for writ of habeas corpus (#2) is dismissed without
prejudice pursuant to Rule 4 of the Rules Governing Section 2254 Cases, and his motion
for leave to proceed in forma pauperis (#1) is dismissed as moot.
IT IS SO ORDERED, this 3rd day of November, 2011.
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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