Portillo v. Davis et al
ORDER signed by Magistrate Judge Edmund F. Brennan on 11/06/13 denying 5 Motion to Proceed IFP. This action is dismissed without prejudice to filing a civil rights action pursuant to 42 USC 1983. The court declines to issue a certificate of appealability. CASE CLOSED. (Plummer, M)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
No. 2:13-cv-1976-EFB P
R. DAVIS, et al.,
Petitioner is a state prisoner proceeding without counsel on a petition for a writ of habeas
corpus pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2254.1 He has paid the filing fee. His request for leave to proceed
in forma pauperis is therefore denied as moot.
Petitioner alleges that prison officials recently notified him that he will be considered for
transfer to an out of state institution or to another institution within California, as part of the effort
to reduce overcrowding in California’s prisons. Petitioner seeks to prevent any transfer from
occurring because he is content with both his housing assignment and his work assignment. He
also claims that prison officials failed to properly notify him of his right to consult with an
attorney prior to any classification committee meeting regarding a transfer. See ECF Nos. 1, 6.
This proceeding was referred to this court by Local Rule 302 pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1)
and is before the undersigned pursuant to petitioner’s consent. See 28 U.S.C. § 636; see also E.D.
Cal. Local Rules, Appx. A, at (k)(4).
The court has reviewed the petition as required by Rule 4 of the Rules Governing Section
2254 Proceedings, and finds that it must be summarily dismissed. See Rule 4, Rules Governing
§ 2254 Cases (requiring summary dismissal of habeas petition if, upon initial review by a judge, it
plainly appears “that the petitioner is not entitled to relief in the district court”).
In federal court, there are two main avenues to relief on complaints related to one’s
imprisonment – a petition for habeas corpus pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2254, and a civil rights
complaint pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983. Challenges to the validity of one’s confinement or the
duration of one’s confinement are properly brought in a habeas action, whereas requests for relief
turning on the circumstances of one’s confinement are properly brought in a § 1983 action.
Muhammad v. Close, 540 U.S. 749, 750 (2004) (citing Preiser v. Rodriguez, 411 U.S. 475, 500
(1973)); see also 28 U.S.C. § 2254(a) (“[A] district court shall entertain an application for a writ
of habeas corpus in behalf of a person in custody pursuant to the judgment of a State court only
on the ground that he is in custody in violation of the Constitution or laws or treaties of the
United States.”); Advisory Committee Notes to Rule 1 of the Rules Governing § 2254 Cases.
Here, petitioner’s claim does not sound in habeas because it does not concern the validity or
duration of his confinement.
Accordingly, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that:
1. Petitioner’s application for leave to proceed in forma pauperis (ECF No. 5) is denied
2. This action is dismissed without prejudice to filing a civil rights action pursuant to 42
U.S.C. § 1983; and
3. The court declines to issue a certificate of appealability.
Dated: November 6, 2013.
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