Pinson v. Berkebile
ORDER dismissing this action, and denying leave to proceed in forma pauperis on appeal, by Judge Lewis T. Babcock on 11/5/13. (dkals, )
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLORADO
Civil Action No. 13-cv-02821-BNB
ORDER OF DISMISSAL
Applicant, Jeremy Pinson, is a prisoner in the custody of the United States
Bureau of Prisons (BOP) at the United States Penitentiary in Florence. Colorado.
Applicant, acting pro se, initiated this action by filing an Application for a Writ of Habeas
Corpus Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2241 that challenges the validity of his conviction and
sentence in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas (Southern
District of Texas). Specifically, Applicant is challenging the Special Administrative
Measures (SAM) that the BOP has imposed against him allegedly pursuant to his
criminal judgment. Applicant asserts that the SAM restricts all of his legal and social
communications via mail or telephone except his mail to the United States courts, but
even some court mail is rejected.
The Court must construe the Application liberally because Applicant is a pro se
litigant. See Haines v. Kerner, 404 U.S. 519, 520-21 (1972); Hall v. Bellmon, 935 F.2d
1106, 1110 (10th Cir. 1991). However, the Court should not act as a pro se litigant’s
advocate. See Hall, 935 F.2d at 1110. For the reasons stated below, the Court will
deny the Application and dismiss the action.
Although Applicant fails to identify the criminal case he is challenging in the
Southern District of Texas, records indicate that Applicant pled guilty in United States v.
Pinson, No. 08-cr-00283-1 (S.D. Tex. Dec. 8, 2008), to one count of mailing threatening
communications. The Court has reviewed the judgment and disposition in this criminal
case and finds no reference to a restriction of communications as part of the sentence
in the case. Even if restricted communications were part of the sentence in Case No.
08-cr-00283-1, this Court lacks jurisdiction over Applicant’s claims. Any challenge to a
federal prisoner’s sentence must be asserted in the sentencing court. See Bradshaw v.
Story, 86 F.3d 164, 166 (10th Cir. 1996).
Furthermore, “[t]he essence of habeas corpus is an attack by a person in custody
upon the legality of that custody, and . . . the traditional function of the writ is to secure
release from illegal custody.” See Preiser v. Rodriguez, 411 U.S. 475, 484 (1973).
Generally, a federal prisoner’s challenge to his conditions of confinement is cognizable
under Bivens v. Six Unknown Named Agents of Fed. Bureau of Narcotics, 403 U.S. 388
(1971), and 28 U.S.C. § 1331. See, e.g., Richards v. Bellmon, 941 F.2d 1015, 1018
(10th Cir. 1991). Applicant is challenging BOP’s restrictions of his communications,
which is a condition of confinement claim. Applicant’s claims, therefore, are not
cognizable in a federal habeas corpus action and are construed as a prisoner complaint
filed pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1331.1
A claim for injunctive relief in prisoner complaints filed against federal employees
may be asserted under 28 U.S.C. § 1331, but not necessarily under Bivens. See Ricco v.
Applicant is subject to filing restrictions under 28 U.S.C. § 1915(g). By asserting
the conditions of confinement claims in this action, Applicant is attempting to circumvent
his filing restrictions. The Court, therefore, will dismiss this action. If Applicant initiates
any subsequent § 2241 actions in this Court that challenge the conditions of his
confinement and are attempts to circumvent his filing restrictions the Court will consider
additional sanctions against him.
The Court also certifies pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1915(a)(3) that any appeal from
this Order is not taken in good faith, and, therefore, in forma pauperis status is denied
for the purpose of appeal. See Coppedge v. United States, 369 U.S. 438 (1962). If
Applicant files a notice of appeal he must also pay the full $455 appellate filing fee or file
a motion to proceed in forma pauperis in the Tenth Circuit within thirty days in
accordance with Fed. R. App. P. 24. Accordingly, it is
ORDERED that the Application for a Writ of Habeas Corpus Pursuant to 28
U.S.C. § 2241 is DENIED, and this case is DISMISSED. It is
FURTHER ORDERED that all pending motions are denied as moot. It is
FURTHER ORDERED that leave to proceed in forma pauperis on appeal is
DATED at Denver, Colorado, this 5th day of
BY THE COURT:
s/Lewis T. Babcock
LEWIS T. BABCOCK, Senior Judge
United States District Court
Conner, 146 F. App’x 249, 254 (10th Cir. Aug. 8, 2005) (unpublished) (citing Simmat v. U.S.
Bureau of Prisons, 413 F.3d 1225, 1235-36 (10th Cir. 2005).
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