Albright v. Raemisch
ORDER Directing Applicant to Cure Deficiencies and File Amended Application, by Magistrate Judge Boyd N. Boland on 6/2/14. (morti, )
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLORADO
Civil Action No. 14-cv-01505-BNB
(The above civil action number must appear on all future papers
sent to the court in this action. Failure to include this number
may result in a delay in the consideration of your claims.)
GREGORY DEAN ALBRIGHT,
RICK RAEMISCH, Exec. Dir. CDOC,
DAVID WALCHER, Arapahoe County Sheriff,
LARRY KUNTZ, Washington County Sheriff,
STATE OF COLORADO,
COLORADO ATTORNEY GENERAL,
JANE DOE, in her individual and official capacity,
JOE DOE, in his individual and official capacity, and
ORDER DIRECTING APPLICANT TO CURE DEFICIENCIES AND
FILE AMENDED APPLICATION
Applicant, Gregory Dean Albright, is incarcerated on a parole hold at the
Arapahoe County Detention Facility in Centennial, Colorado. He submitted pro se an
Application for Writ of Habeas Corpus Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2241 (ECF No. 1) and a
Prisoner’s Motion and Affidavit for Leave to Proceed Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1915 in a
Habeas Corpus Action (ECF No. 2). As part of the court’s review pursuant to
D.C.COLO.LCivR 8.1(b), the court has determined that the submitted documents are
deficient as described in this order. Applicant will be directed to cure the following if he
wishes to pursue any claims in this court in this action. Any papers that Applicant files
in response to this order must include the civil action number on this order.
28 U.S.C. § 1915 Motion and Affidavit:
is not submitted
is missing affidavit
is missing certified copy of prisoner’s trust fund statement for the 6-month
period immediately preceding this filing
is missing certificate showing current balance in prison account
is missing required financial information
is missing an original signature by the prisoner
is not on proper form (must use the court’s current form)
names in caption do not match names in caption of complaint, petition or
Complaint, Petition or Application:
is not submitted
is not on proper form
is missing an original signature by the prisoner
is missing page nos.
uses et al. instead of listing all parties in caption
names in caption do not match names in text
addresses must be provided for all defendants/respondents in “Section A.
Parties” of complaint, petition or habeas application
other: The only proper Respondent in a habeas corpus action is
Applicant’s current warden, superintendent, jailer or other custodian.
other: The amended application, whether handwritten or typed, must be
legible and written in capital and lower case letters in compliance with
Rule 10.1 of the Local Rules of Practice for this Court.
The Court must construe the application liberally because Mr. Albright 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). The Court, however, should not act as a pro se litigant’s
advocate. See Hall, 935 F.2d at 1110. For the reasons stated below, Mr. Albright will
be ordered to file an amended Application for Writ of Habeas Corpus Pursuant to 28
U.S.C. § 2241.
The application Mr. Albright submitted to the Court on May 29, 2014, is
unnecessarily verbose, confusing, and contains partially legible information. See ECF
No. 1 at 1, 5-6. The Federal Rules of Civil Procedure apply to applications for habeas
corpus relief. See Fed. R. Civ. P. 81(a)(2); Browder v. Director, Dep’t of Corrections,
434 U.S. 257, 269 (1978); Ewing v. Rodgers, 826 F.2d 967, 969-70 (10th Cir. 1987).
Pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 8(a), a pleading “must contain (1) a short and plain
statement of the grounds for the court’s jurisdiction, . . . (2) a short and plain statement
of the claim showing that the pleader is entitled to relief, and (3) a demand for the relief
sought.” Fed. R. Civ. P. 8(d)(1) provides that “[e]ach allegation must be simple,
concise, and direct.” Taken together, Rules 8(a) and (d)(1) underscore the emphasis
placed on clarity and brevity by the federal pleading rules. Prolix, vague, or
unintelligible pleadings violate the requirements of Rule 8.
Furthermore, pursuant to Rules 2(c)(1) and 2(c)(2) of the Rules Governing
Section 2254 Cases in the United States District Courts (Section 2254 Rules), Mr.
Albright must “specify all [available] grounds for relief” and he must “state the facts
supporting each ground.” The Court notes that these habeas corpus rules are more
demanding than the rules applicable to ordinary civil actions, which require only notice
pleading. See Mayle v. Felix, 545 U.S. 644, 655 (2005). Naked allegations of
constitutional violations are not cognizable under § 2254. See Ruark v. Gunter, 958
F.2d 318, 319 (10th Cir. 1992) (per curiam). Therefore, the amended application Mr.
Albright will be directed to file must allege in a clear and concise manner both the §
2241 claims he seeks to raise and the specific facts to support each asserted claim.
The Court will not consider any claims raised in separate attachments, amendments,
supplements, motions, or other documents not included in the amended application.
In addition, the only proper respondent to a habeas corpus action is the
applicant's custodian. See 28 U.S.C. § 2242; Rules 2(a) and 1(b), Section 2254 Rules;
Harris v. Champion, 51 F.3d 901, 906 (10th Cir. 1995).
Accordingly, it is
ORDERED that Applicant, Gregory Dean Albright, cure the deficiencies
designated above and file an amended application that complies with this order within
thirty (30) days from the date of this order. Any papers that Applicant files in
response to this order must include the civil action number on this order. It is
FURTHER ORDERED that Applicant shall obtain the court-approved form for
filing an Application for Writ of Habeas Corpus Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2241 (with the
assistance of his case manager or the facility’s legal assistant), along with the
applicable instructions, at www.cod.uscourts.gov, and use that form in curing the
designated deficiencies and filing the amended application. It is
FURTHER ORDERED that, if Applicant fails to cure the designated deficiencies
and file an amended application that complies with this order within thirty (30) days
from the date of this order, the application may be denied and the action dismissed
without further notice. The dismissal shall be without prejudice.
DATED June 2, 2014, at Denver, Colorado.
BY THE COURT:
s/ Boyd N. Boland
United States Magistrate Judge
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