Minter Jr. v. Williams et al
ORDER Denying 11 Emergency Motion for Preliminary Injunction, by Judge William J. Martinez on 11/19/2020.(angar, )
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLORADO
Judge William J. Martínez
Civil Action No. 20-cv-3205-WJM-STV
ALLEN T. MINTER, JR.,
DEAN WILLIAMS, and
ORDER DENYING EMERGENCY MOTION FOR
Before the Court is pro se Plaintiff Allen Minter, Jr.’s Petition for Emergency
Preliminary Injunction (“Petition”), in which Plaintiff “requests immediate release” from
the Department of Corrections. (ECF No. 11.) Plaintiff states he is “medically
vulnerable” because he “has high blood pressure and a heart murmur which could
prove deadly should he contract COVID-19.” (Id. at 1.)
To the extent the Petition is, in fact, a motion for preliminary injunction, Plaintiff
fails to address or establish any of the elements required to obtain preliminary injunctive
relief under Rule 65. See Winter v. NRDC, 555 U.S. 7, 20 (2008) (“A plaintiff seeking a
preliminary injunction must establish  that he is likely to succeed on the merits, 
that he is likely to suffer irreparable harm in the absence of preliminary relief,  that
the balance of equities tips in his favor, and  that an injunction is in the public
interest.”). Thus, the Court denies the Petition on that basis.
However, given the nature of Plaintiff’s statements, Plaintiff appears to have
intended to file a motion for compassionate release under 18 U.S.C. § 3582(c)(1)(A).
To the extent the Petition can be construed as a m otion for compassionate release, the
Court denies the Petition without prejudice for two reasons: (1) Plaintiff has failed to
demonstrate that he has exhausted his administrative remedies as required by 18
U.S.C. § 3582(c)(1)(A); and (2) even assuming Plaintiff has exhausted his
administrative remedies, a motion for compassionate release must be filed in the
sentencing court, which this is not. See Deffenbaugh v. Sullivan, 2019 WL 1779573, at
*2 (E.D.N.C. Apr. 23, 2019) (motion for compassionate release must be filed in the
sentencing court); Himmel v. Upton, 2019 WL 1112923, at *2 n. 6 (N.D. Tex. Mar. 11,
2019) (“any motion for compassionate release under the newly amended provision of
18 U.S.C. § 3582(c)(1)(A) should be filed in the sentencing court”).
Accordingly, the Petition for Emergency Preliminary Injunction is DENIED without
prejudice to refiling as a motion for compassionate release in the sentencing court, to
the extent that is the nature of the relief Plaintiff is actually seeking.
Dated this 19th day of November, 2020.
BY THE COURT:
William J. Martínez
United States District Judge
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