Willaims v. Unknown - name not given

Filing 4

ORDER DISMISSING CASE. The Petition for a writ of habeas corpus is DISMISSED without prejudice. Signed by Judge James Ware on 6/8/2009. (ecg, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 6/10/2009)

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA United United States District Court 11 For the Northern District of California BOBBY RAYFORD WILLIAMS, Petitioner, vs. R. K. WONG, Warden, Respondent. 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) No. C 09-00345 JW (PR) ORDER OF DISMISSAL Petitioner, a California state prisoner currently incarcerated at the San Quentin State Prison, has filed a pro se petition for a writ of habeas corpus pursuant to 28 U.S.C. 2254. Petitioner has paid the filing fee. Petitioner claims that he discovered for the first time a Rules Violation Report ("RVR") from October 2004 his central file while preparing for a parole consideration hearing in October 2006. (Pet. 3.) Petitioner claims that he never received a copy of the RVR, which was dismissed after a finding of not guilty. (Id. at 4.) Petitioner alleges that defendants' failure to give proper notice and to expunge the dismissed RVR violated his right to due process under Wolff v. McDonnell, 418 U.S. 539, 556 (1974). Petitioner's only prayer for relief is that the RVR be expunged from his record. Order of Dismissal P:\PRO-SE\SJ.JW\HC.09\Williams00345_dismissal.wpd 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Since petitioner is challenging the conditions of his confinement, the petition for a writ of habeas corpus is DISMISSED without prejudice to filing a civil rights complaint under 42 U.S.C. 1983. The Ninth Circuit has made clear that habeas jurisdiction is absent, and a 1983 action proper, where, as here, a successful challenge will not necessarily shorten the prisoner's sentence. See Ramirez v. Galaza, 334 F.3d 850, 859 ( 9th Cir. 2003). Moreover, requests to expunge records are traditionally brought as civil rights claims. See, e.g., Paul v. Davis, 424 U.S. 693, 711- 714 (1976); Reyes v. Supervisor of DEA, et al., 834 F. 2d 1093, 1097 (1st Cir. 1987) (no due process claim for false information maintained by police department); Pruett v. Levi, 622 F.2d 256, 258 (6th Cir. 1980) (mere existence of inaccuracy in FBI criminals files does not state constitutional claim). 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 Order of Dismissal P:\PRO-SE\SJ.JW\HC.09\Williams00345_dismissal.wpd CONCLUSION For the foregoing reasons, the petition for a writ of habeas corpus is DISMISSED without prejudice. June 8, 2009 DATED: JAMES WARE United States District Judge 2 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA BOBBY RAYFORD WILLIAMS, Petitioner, v. R. K. WONG, Warden, Respondent. / Case Number: CV09-00345 JW 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. 6/10/2009 , I SERVED a true and correct copy(ies) of the That on 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. Bobby Rayford Willaims C-33295 San Quentin State Prison San Quentin, Ca 94974 Dated: 6/10/2009 Richard W. Wieking, Clerk /s/ By: Elizabeth Garcia, Deputy Clerk

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