ORDER OF DISMISSAL WITH PREJUDICE. Signed by Judge Vince Chhabria on 11/30/2017. The deputy clerk hereby certifies that on 11/30/2017 a copy of this order was served by sending it via first-class mail to the address of each non-CM/ECF user listed on the Notice of Electronic Filing. (knm, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 11/30/2017)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
STEVEN WAYNE BONILLA,
Case No. 17-cv-06269-VC (PR)
ORDER OF DISMISSAL WITH
JUDGE GONZALEZ ROGERS,
Plaintiff Steven Wayne Bonilla, a state inmate, has filed a pro se petition for a writ of
mandamus requesting that this Court order the court presiding over Bonilla’s pending federal
habeas action to issue a ruling. He also presents an argument for the granting of his habeas
petition. Bonilla has been disqualified from proceeding in forma pauperis under 28 U.S.C.
§ 1915(g) unless he is “under imminent danger of serious physical injury” at the time he filed his
complaint. 28 U.S.C. 1915(g); In re Steven Bonilla, No. C 11-3180 CW (PR); Bonilla v.
Dawson, No. C 13-0951 CW (PR).
The allegations in this complaint do not show that Bonilla was in imminent danger at the
time of filing. Therefore, he may not proceed in forma pauperis. Furthermore, he may not
proceed even if he pays the filing fee because this court lacks jurisdiction to issue a writ of
mandamus. See 28 U.S.C. §§ 1361; 1651. Section 1361 provides, “[t]he district courts shall
have original jurisdiction of any action in the nature of mandamus to compel an officer or
employee of the United States or any agency thereof to perform a duty owed to the plaintiff.”
Id. Another district court is not an employee or agency of the United States. Section 1651(a)
provides, “The Supreme Court and all courts established by Act of Congress may issue all writs
necessary or appropriate in aid of their respective jurisdictions and agreeable to the usages and
principles of law.” However, a court’s power to issue any form of relief under section 1651(a) is
contingent upon that court’s subject-matter jurisdiction over the case or controversy. United
States v. Denedo, 556 U.S. 904, 911 (2009). This Court lacks subject-matter jurisdiction over
Bonilla’s habeas action.
Furthermore, the relief Plaintiff seeks pertains to his ongoing attempts to invalidate his
conviction. Therefore, such claims, if raised, must be brought by Bonilla’s counsel in his
pending federal habeas corpus action, Bonilla v. Ayers, No. C 08-0471 YGR (PR).
This is not a case in which the undersigned judge’s impartiality might be reasonably
questioned. See United States v. Holland, 519 F.3d 909, 912 (9th Cir. 2008) (absent legitimate
reason to recuse himself or herself, judge has a duty to sit in judgment in all cases assigned to
Accordingly, this action is dismissed with prejudice because amendment would be futile.
The Clerk shall close the case. The Clerk shall return, without filing, any further documents
Bonilla submits after this case is closed.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
Dated: November 30, 2017
United States District Judge
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