Hatcher v. United States of America

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ORDER, ***Civil Case Terminated.. Signed by Judge ARMSTRONG on 5/10/10. (lrc, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 5/12/2010)

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 v. IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA DONELL HATCHER, Petitioner, No. C 10-1265 SBA (pr) ORDER DIRECTING CLERK TO REVOKE FILING AND TO FILE PETITION IN CRIMINAL CASE NUMBER CR-92-0001-WBS-14 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Respondent. _________________________________________/ Petitioner, a federal prisoner housed at the Federal Detention Center in Dublin, California, has filed a document, which was construed by the Clerk of the Court as a pro se petition for writ of habeas corpus pursuant to 28 U.S.C. 2241. DISCUSSION Pursuant to a plea agreement, on January 12, 2010, Petitioner plead guilty to one count of possession with intent to distribute heroin before the Honorable William B. Shubb in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. See Criminal Case No. CR92-0001-WBS-14. He was sentenced to 240 months in prison and five years of supervised release. He is challenging his sentence. A district court must determine at the outset whether a petition filed by a federal prisoner is pursuant to 28 U.S.C. 2241 or 28 U.S.C. 2255, because congress has given jurisdiction over these petitions to different courts. Hernandez v. Campbell, 204 F.3d 861, 865 (9th Cir. 2000). A petition under 2241 must be heard in the district of confinement, whereas if the petition is under 2255 it must be heard in the sentencing court. Id. A 2255 motion to the sentencing court is the appropriate vehicle for challenging a federal conviction and/or sentence. See Tripati v. Henman, 843 F.2d 1160, 1162 (9th Cir. 1988). "A federal prisoner authorized to seek relief under 2255 may not petition for habeas corpus relief pursuant to 2241 'if it appears the applicant has failed to apply for relief, by motion, to the court which sentenced him, or that such court has denied him relief, unless it also appears that the remedy by motion is inadequate or ineffective to test the legality of his United States District Court 11 For the Northern District of California 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 detention.'" United States v. Pirro, 104 F.3d 297, 299 (9th Cir. 1997) (quoting 2255). Unless this petition properly may be brought under 2241, the Court lacks jurisdiction to address the merits of his claims by way of a petition for a writ of habeas corpus pursuant to 2241. CONCLUSION For the foregoing reasons, the Clerk should revoke filing in this case and file this action as a 2255 motion to vacate sentence in Criminal Case No. CR-92-0001-WBS-14. The Clerk is instructed to file the petition (docket no. 1) and Petitioner's April 2, 2010 letter (docket no. 3) in Criminal Case No. CR-92-0001-WBS-14. The Clerk should also assign this action to the Honorable William B. Shubb, who is presently sitting in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California. IT SO ORDERED. DATED: 5/10/10 _______________________________ SAUNDRA BROWN ARMSTRONG United States District Judge United States District Court 11 For the Northern District of California 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 G:\PRO-SE\SBA\HC.10\Hatcher1265.REVOKEfiling.frm 2 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA DONELL HATCHER, Plaintiff, v. USA et al, Defendant. / Case Number: CV10-01265 SBA CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE I, the undersigned, hereby certify that I am an employee in the Office of the Clerk, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California. That on May 12, 2010, I SERVED a true and correct copy(ies) of the attached, by placing said copy(ies) in a postage paid envelope addressed to the person(s) hereinafter listed, by depositing said envelope in the U.S. Mail, or by placing said copy(ies) into an inter-office delivery receptacle located in the Clerk's office. United States District Court 11 For the Northern District of California 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 Donell Hatcher 86714-011 Federal Detention Center - Camp Parks 5675 8th Street Dublin, CA 94568 Dated: May 12, 2010 Richard W. Wieking, Clerk By: LISA R CLARK, Deputy Clerk G:\PRO-SE\SBA\HC.10\Hatcher1265.REVOKEfiling.frm 3

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