Vo v. Ndoh
ORDER signed by Magistrate Judge Edmund F. Brennan on 4/27/2017 SUMMARILY DISMISSING 1 Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus. The court DECLINES to issue a certificate of appealability. CASE CLOSED. (Henshaw, R) Modified on 4/28/2017 (Donati, J).
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
KHUONG Q. VO,
No. 2:16-cv-2975-EFB P
Petitioner is a state prisoner without counsel seeking a writ of habeas corpus pursuant to
28 U.S.C. § 2254.2 He asks this court to reverse a ruling by the state court, which dismissed his
civil action that he filed in that court against the California Department of Corrections and
Rehabilitation. His state court action was dismissed as barred by the statute of limitations. See
ECF No. 1 at 15, 18.
Under Rule 4 of the Rules Governing Section 2254 Cases, the court is required to conduct
a preliminary review of all petitions for writ of habeas corpus filed by state prisoners. The court
must summarily dismiss a petition if it “plainly appears . . . that the petitioner is not entitled to
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).
He has paid the filing fee.
relief . . . .” The court has conducted the review required under Rule 4 and concludes that
summary dismissal of the petition is required.
Fundamentally, petitioner’s claim does not sound in habeas because it does not concern
the validity or duration of his confinement. See Nettles v. Grounds, No. 12-16935, 2016 U.S.
App. LEXIS 13573 (9th Cir. July 26, 2016) (a prisoner’s claim which, if successful, would not
necessarily lead to immediate or speedier release falls outside the “core of habeas corpus”).
In addition, this is not the appropriate court for petitioner to seek review of the state
court’s dismissal of his civil case. Generally, federal courts lack jurisdiction to review or modify
state court judgments. See Rooker v. Fidelity Trust Company, 263 U.S. 413 (1923); District of
Columbia Court of Appeals v. Feldman, 460 U.S. 462, 482 (1983). “[L]ower federal courts do not
have jurisdiction to review a case litigated and decided in state court; only the United States
Supreme Court has jurisdiction to correct state court judgments.” Gottfried v. Medical Planning
Services, 142 F.3d 326, 330 (6th Cir.), cert. denied, 525 U.S. 1041, 119 S.Ct. 592 (1998); see also
Bianchi v. Rylaarsdam, 334 F.3d 895, 901 (9th Cir. 2003) (“Stated plainly, Rooker—Feldman
bars any suit that seeks to disrupt or ‘undo’ a prior state-court judgment, regardless of whether the
state-court proceeding afforded the federal-court plaintiff a full and fair opportunity to litigate her
Because this court lacks jurisdiction to review the state court’s judgment, this action must
be dismissed. See Noel v. Hall, 341 F.3d 1148, 1156 (9th Cir. 2003) (“If a federal plaintiff asserts
as a legal wrong an allegedly erroneous decision by a state court, and seeks relief from a state
court judgment based on that decision, Rooker-Feldman bars subject matter jurisdiction in federal
Accordingly, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that petitioner’s application for a writ of habeas
corpus is summarily dismissed and the court declines to issue a certificate of appealability.
DATED: April 27, 2017.
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