Kinney v. Shaffer et al
ORDER To Respondents, To File Preliminary Response, by Magistrate Judge Boyd N. Boland on 11/6/14. (nmarb, )
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLORADO
Civil Action No. 14-cv-02828-BNB
ANTHONY T. KINNEY,
BRANDON SHAFFER, Chairman of Colorado Parole Board,
E. DIGGINS, Denver Sheriff, and
THE ATTORNEY GENERAL OF THE STATE OF COLORADO,
ORDER TO FILE PRELIMINARY RESPONSE
Applicant, Anthony T. Kinney, currently is incarcerated at the Denver County Jail.
Mr. Kinney, acting pro se, filed an amended Application for a Writ of Habeas Corpus
Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2241 (ECF No. 17) challenging the validity of his parole
As part of the preliminary consideration of the amended Application for Writ of
Habeas Corpus Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2241, and pursuant to Keck v. Hartley, 550 F.
Supp. 2d 1272 (D. Colo. 2008), the Court determined that a limited Preliminary
Response is appropriate. Respondents are directed pursuant to Rule 4 of the Rules
Governing Section 2254 Cases in the United States District Courts to file a Preliminary
Response limited to addressing whether any of Applicant’s claims are moot and the
affirmative defenses of timeliness under 28 U.S.C. § 2244(d) and/or exhaustion of state
court remedies under 28 U.S.C. § 2254(b)(1)(A). If Respondents do not intend to raise
these affirmative defenses, Respondents must notify the Court of that decision in the
Preliminary Response. Respondent may not file a dispositive motion as the Preliminary
Response, or an Answer, or otherwise address the merits of the claims in response to
In support of the Preliminary Response, Respondent should attach as exhibits all
relevant portions of the state court record, including but not limited to copies of all
documents demonstrating whether this action is filed in a timely manner and/or whether
Applicant has exhausted state court remedies.
Applicant may reply to the Preliminary Response and provide any information
that might be relevant to the one-year limitation period under 28 U.S.C. § 2244(d)
and/or the exhaustion of state court remedies. Applicant also should include
information relevant to equitable tolling, specifically as to whether he has pursued his
claims diligently and whether some extraordinary circumstance prevented him from
filing a timely 28 U.S.C. § 2254 action in this Court.
Finally, the Court notes that Applicant lists Brandon Shaffer, Chairman of the
Colorado Parole Board, and E. Diggins, Denver Sheriff as Respondents in the caption
of the Application. The law is well-established that 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), Rules Governing Section 2254 Cases in the United States District Courts;
Harris v. Champion, 51 F.3d 901, 906 (10th Cir. 1995). Although E. Diggins is properly
named because Applicant is challenging the State of Colorado parole proceedings, the
Court has included for purposes of a response the Attorney General of the State of
Colorado. If the state attorney general, Brandon Shaffer, or E. Diggins is not an
appropriate Respondent, the state attorney general should advise the Court who is the
proper Respondent and move for a substitution of party.
Accordingly, it is
ORDERED that within twenty-one days from the date of this Order
Respondent shall file a Preliminary Response that complies with this Order. It is
FURTHER ORDERED that within twenty-one days of the filing of the
Preliminary Response Applicant may file a Reply, if he desires. It is
FURTHER ORDERED that if Respondent does not intend to raise moottness or
the affirmative defenses of timeliness or exhaustion of state court remedies,
Respondent must notify the Court of that decision in the Preliminary Response.
Dated: November 6, 2014
BY THE COURT:
s/Boyd N. Boland
United States Magistrate Judge
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