Aragon v. Shaffer et al
ORDER to File Second Amended Application, by Magistrate Judge Gordon P. Gallagher on 2/10/15. (morti, )
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLORADO
Civil Action No. 14-cv-02924-GPG
ABEL R. ARAGON,
M. COOPER, and
ORDER TO FILE SECOND AMENDED APPLICATION
Applicant, Abel R. Aragon, is in the custody of the Colorado Department of
Corrections. He was detained at the Denver County Jail at the time of filing. Mr.
Aragon is now incarcerated at the Colorado State Penitentiary. Applicant initiated this
action by filing an Application for a Writ of Habeas Corpus Pursuant to 28 U.S.C.
§ 2241. He has paid the $5.00 filing fee.
On January 20, 2015, Magistrate Judge Gordon P. Gallagher reviewed the
§ 2241 Application and determined that it was deficient because Mr. Aragon’s request
for monetary damages in conjunction with his temporary detention for a parole violation
was not cognizable in habeas corpus. See Preiser v. Rodriguez, 411 U.S. 475, 484
(1973); McIntosh v. U.S. Parole Comm'n, 115 F.3d 809, 812 (10th Cir. 1997) (“A
habeas corpus proceeding attacks the fact or duration of a prisoner's confinement and
seeks the remedy of immediate release or a shortened period of confinement. In
contrast, a civil rights action attacks the conditions of the prisoner's confinement and
requests monetary compensation for such conditions.” (quotation and alteration
omitted)). In addition, the Application did not nam e a proper respondent. Magistrate
Judge Gallagher reminded Mr. Aragon that the only proper respondent to a habeas
corpus action is a petitioner’s current custodian. See 28 U.S.C. §2243 (stating that the
writ “shall be directed to the person having custody of the person detained”); Rumsfeld
v. Padilla, 542 U.S. 426, 435 (2004). Magistrate Judge Gallagher instructed Mr. Aragon
to file an amended § 2241 application, on the court-approved form, challenging the
execution of his sentence and naming the proper respondent, within thirty (30) days of
the January 20 Order. Mr. Aragon filed an Amended Application (ECF No. 19) on
February 26, 2015 that partially complies with the January 20 Order. Although Mr.
Aragon properly challenges the execution of his sentence in the Amended Application,
and requests appropriate habeas corpus relief, he fails, once again, to name a proper
respondent. The Court will allow Applicant one final opportunity to name a proper
respondent– i.e., the warden of his current facility. Accordingly, it is
ORDERED that Applicant, Abel R. Aragon, shall file a Second Amended
Application for a Writ of Habeas Corpus Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2241, on the courtapproved form, that names the proper respondent, within thirty (30) days of this Order.
FURTHER ORDERED that Mr. Aragon shall obtain the court-approved form for
filing an Application for a Writ of Habeas Corpus Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2241 at
www.cod.uscourts.gov and shall use that form in filing a Second Amended Application.
FURTHER ORDERED that, if Mr. Aragon fails to file a Second Amended
Application within the time allowed, the Court may dismiss this action without further
notice for the reasons discussed above.
DATED February 10, 2015, at Denver, Colorado.
BY THE COURT:
s/ Gordon P. Gallagher
United States Magistrate Judge
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