Martinez v. Kam
ORDER signed by Magistrate Judge Gregory G. Hollows on 7/24/2017 ORDERING pending petition for habeas corpus is dismissed without prejudice. Petitioner to file amended petition or complaint within 45 days of the service of this Order. (Henshaw, R)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
No. 2:17-cv-01394 GGH
TIM P. KAM,
Petitioner purports to be proceeding in this action pro se. The complaint was filed on June
6, 2017, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Washington. ECF No. 1.
On July 5, 2017, Senior District Court Judge Edward F. Shea in that court ordered that the matter
be transferred to the Eastern District of California insofar as petitioner is incarcerated within the
District. ECF No. 2. The petition itself was submitted by Mr. Frank Martinez, who identifies
himself as the brother of petitioner who holds a power of attorney to act on his behalf. As Judge
Shea stated in his order, only a licensed attorney may appear on behalf of a plaintiff, and
possession of a power of attorney by a non-attorney does not overcome that limitation. Johns v.
County of San Diego, 114 F.3d 874, 877 (9th Cir. 1997) citing C. E. Pope Equity Trust v. United
States, 818 F.2d 696, 697 (9th Cir. 1987). This court concurs in Judge Shea’s findings.
In light of the foregoing, this matter will be dismissed without prejudice and petitioner
may resubmit a Petition under his own name as representative and identifying the means by
which the court may contact him directly going forward.
In addition, any such amendment in the form of a petition for habeas corpus must identify
the basis for such a petition by stating how his federal constitutional rights are compromised by
that incarceration. Alternatively, it appears that petitioner may actually be seeking to recover his
social security benefits which he alleges have been seized by the government and continue to be
withheld from him. If that is the true basis of his complaint, it does not sound in habeas corpus at
all as he does not appear to be challenging the facts underlying his arrest and incarceration. He
may, therefore choose to file a civil complaint if he has exhausted his administrative remedies
with the Social Security Administration, or may file, if appropriate, a constitutional tort action in
which case he must allege a specific government agent acting under color of law who effected the
seizure and continues to do so and seek damages for the invasion of his constitutional rights.
In light of the foregoing, it is THEREFORE ORDERED that:
The pending petition for habeas corpus is dismissed without prejudice;
Petitioner shall file an amended petition or a compliant, if he chooses to do so,
pursuant to the conditions stated above within 45 days of the service of this Order;
Representation by a bona fide licensed attorney as his representative for
purpose of this litigation, or,
Any such amended petition/complaint shall provide either:
Petitioner may appear pro se (represent himself) and must set forth an
address at which petitioner may be personally served with any further Orders;
The Clerk of the Court shall serve this Order upon petitioner in care of Frank
Martinez at the address reflected on the petition now pending.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
DATED: July 24, 2017
/s/ Gregory G. Hollows
UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
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