Brim v. No Named Respondent
FINAL ORDER Directing Applicant to Cure Deficiencies, by Magistrate Judge Boyd N. Boland on 10/9/14. (morti, )
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLORADO
Civil Action No. 14-cv-01784-BNB
RICK RAEMISCH, Executive Director, Colorado Department of Corrections, and
DAVID WELCHER, Arapaho County Sheriff,
FINAL ORDER DIRECTING APPLICANT TO CURE DEFICIENCIES
Applicant, Ernest Brim, is in the custody of the Colorado Department of
Corrections (CDC) and is incarcerated presently at the Arapaho County Detention
Facility. He initiated this action on June 26, 2014 by filing a Letter with the Court
asserting that he is being detained beyond his release date for a state court conviction.
He also makes allegations about the legality of his state habitual offender sentence.
On June 27, 2014, the Court reviewed the submitted document and determined
that it was deficient. The Court directed Mr. Brim to file a Motion and Affidavit for Leave
to Proceed Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1915 in a Habeas Corpus Action, or pay the $5.00
filing fee, within thirty (30) days of the June 27 Order. The Court further instructed Mr.
Brim to submit an Application for a Writ of Habeas Corpus Pursuant to 28 U.S.C.
§ 2241 (if he was attacking the execution of his sentence), or an Application for a Writ of
Habeas Corpus Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2254 (if he was attacking the validity of a state
Mr. Brim paid the $5.00 filing fee on August 4, 2014. (ECF No. 6). After
obtaining an extension of time, he filed an Application for a Writ of Habeas Corpus
Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2241, on September 8, 2014. (ECF No. 7). In the
§ 2241 Application, he challenged the validity of his state court habitual offender
sentence. He asserts that the Denver District Court ruled that a prior conviction was
constitutionally infirm in a state post-conviction proceeding in April 1987, but the
Arapaho County District Court relied on the unconstitutional conviction to enhance his
sentence in Case No. 87-cr-161.
On September 9, 2014, this Court instructed Mr. Brim to submit his claims on the
the court-approved form for filing an Application for a Writ of Habeas Corpus Pursuant
to 28 U.S.C. § 2254 because he is challenging the validity of a state court sentence.
(ECF No. 8). The Court also directed Mr. Brim to name a proper respondent. (Id.). The
proper respondent to a habeas corpus action is the warden of the facility where the
Applicant is confined upon initiation of the action. See 28 U.S.C. § 2242 (providing that
the proper respondent to a habeas petition is “the person who has custody over [the
petitioner]”); id. § 2243 (“The writ, or order to show cause shall be directed to the person
having custody of the person detained.”); accord Rumsfeld v. Padilla, 542 U.S. 426, 447
Mr. Brim filed an Amended Application for a Writ of Habeas Corpus Pursuant to
28 U.S.C. § 2241 on October 10, 2014. (ECF No. 9). The Amended Application does
not comply with the September 9, 2014 Order because it is not filed on the correct form.
Mr. Brim must submit his claims on the court-approved form for filing an Application for
a Writ of Habeas Corpus Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2254. Further, Rick Raemisch, the
Executive Director of the CDC, is not a proper respondent to this action. Accordingly, it
ORDERED that Mr. Brim, with the assistance of his case manager or the facility’s
legal assistant, shall obtain the Court-approved form for filing an Application for a Writ of
Habeas Corpus Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2254. Mr. Brim may obtain the
§ 2254 Application form at www.cod.uscourts.gov. Applicant shall complete that form
and file it with the Court if he intends to proceed with his claims challenging the validity
of his state habitual offender sentence. Mr. Brim must notify the Court if he is unable to
obtain the proper form. Mr. Brim need not re-file the same attachments that are already
part of the Court’s file. It is
FURTHER ORDERED that, if Mr. Brim fails to file an Application for a Writ of
Habeas Corpus Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2254 within thirty (30) days from the date of
this order, this action will be dismissed without further notice. The dismissal shall be
DATED: October 9, 2014, at Denver, Colorado.
BY THE COURT:
s/ Boyd N. Boland
United States Magistrate Judge
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