Stanley v. Broomfield

Filing 3

ORDER OF DISMISSAL. Signed by Judge Charles R. Breyer on 9/8/2020. (lsS, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 9/8/2020)Any non-CM/ECF Participants have been served by First Class Mail to the addresses of record listed on the Notice of Electronic Filing (NEF)

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1 2 3 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 4 NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 5 6 GERALD FRANK STANLEY, C80900, 7 Petitioner, 9 RON BROOMFIELD, Warden, Respondent. 10 United States District Court Northern District of California 11 ORDER OF DISMISSAL v. 8 Case No. 20-cv-05420-CRB (PR) Petitioner, a prisoner at San Quentin State Prison’s (SQSP) death row and frequent litigant 12 in federal court, has filed a pro se petition for a writ of habeas corpus under 28 U.S.C. § 2254 13 challenging various aspects and conditions of his confinement, including denial of access to the 14 courts and misconduct by prison guards. 15 Based on petitioner’s prior affidavits of poverty, leave to proceed IFP is GRANTED. But 16 the petition for a writ of habeas corpus is DISMISSED without prejudice to filing a civil rights 17 complaint under 42 U.S.C. § 1983.1 18 It is well established in the Ninth Circuit that habeas jurisdiction is absent, and a § 1983 19 action proper, where, as here, a successful challenge to a prison condition or event will not 20 necessarily shorten the prisoner’s sentence. Ramirez v. Galaza, 334 F.3d 850, 859 (9th Cir. 2003). 21 In addition, the preferred practice in this circuit has been that challenges to conditions of 22 confinement be brought in a civil rights complaint under § 1983. See Badea v. Cox, 931 F.2d 573, 23 574 (9th Cir. 1991) (civil rights action is proper method of challenging conditions of 24 confinement); Crawford v. Bell, 599 F.2d 890, 891-92 & n.1 (9th Cir. 1979) (affirming dismissal 25 of habeas petition on basis that challenges to terms and conditions of confinement must be brought 26 27 28 1 It appears that plaintiff already has brought the same claims brought here in a civil rights complaint under § 1983. See Stanley v. Broomfield, No. 20-cv-6111-SK (N.D. Cal. filed Aug. 31, 2020). 1 in civil rights complaint). 2 The clerk is instructed to close the file and terminate all pending motions as moot. 3 IT IS SO ORDERED. 4 5 6 Dated: September 8, 2020 ______________________________________ CHARLES R. BREYER United States District Judge 7 8 9 10 United States District Court Northern District of California 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 2

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