Sewad El v. Manchester corporation et al
ORDER (see attached) granting Respondents' unopposed 4 Motion to Dismiss. This petition is DISMISSED WITHOUT PREJUDICE for the reasons stated in the attached. Signed by Judge Charles S. Haight, Jr. on February 15, 2017. (Kahl, A)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF CONNECTICUT
ANAID SEWAD EL,
MANCHESTER CORPORATION, EAST
MANCHESTER COUNTY SUPERIOR
COURT BUILDING, and JASON LOBO,
FEBRUARY 15, 2017
RULING ON RESPONDENTS' MOTION TO DISMISS
HAIGHT, Senior District Judge:
Petitioner filed a pro se petition for writ of habeas petition on August 23, 2016. Petitioner
essentially alleges that in April 2016 she was illegally stopped by a police officer for an unregistered
vehicle, forced to come to court several times, and told improperly to pay a fine. Doc. 1.
Respondents filed a Motion to Dismiss the petition on September 23, 2016 on the basis that the
Court lacks jurisdiction to consider the petition, or alternatively, the Court must abstain from
deciding the petition. Doc. 4. Petitioner's response was due by October 14, 2016. Petitioner failed
to respond at all to Respondents' motion and has not filed anything related to the petition. The Court
considers and grants Respondents' unopposed motion because this Court plainly lacks subject
matter jurisdiction to consider the petition.
It is plain from what the Court can discern in the allegations in the petition that Petitioner
is not in any federal or state custody or subject to any criminal sentence or restraint. Petitioner
alleges that she was free to go after the traffic stop, that she had to appear for subsequent court
appearances, and she gives no indication that she was detained or subject to any criminal sentence
or bail requirement at the time the petition was filed, or any time prior to or after the filing for that
matter. See Doc. 1. Indeed, Respondents have shown that the charges related to the traffic stop had
not been resolved as of the date of the motion to dismiss and neither charges would expose Petitioner
to custodial incarceration upon prosecution. Doc. 4 at 1-2; Ex. B. "A district court is without
jurisdiction to entertain a writ of habeas corpus or a § 2255 motion if the relator or movant is not in
custody." United States v. Brilliant, 274 F.2d 618, 620 (2d Cir. 1960). "[T]o invoke habeas corpus
review by a federal court, the petitioner must satisfy the jurisdictional 'in custody' requirement of
28 U.S.C. § 2255." Scanio v. United States, 37 F.3d 858, 860 (2d Cir. 1994); see also ReyesSanchez v. Ashcroft, 261 F. Supp. 2d 276, 282-83 (S.D.N.Y. 2003) (discussing the same "in custody"
requirement for a petition pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2241). This requirement must be met at the time
the petition is filed. Scanio, 37 F.3d at 860. Thus, the Court does not have jurisdiction to entertain
a federal habeas corpus petition from Petitioner. See, e.g., Haynes v. Fiorella, No. 10-0843S(F),
2010 WL 4365832, at *1-2 (W.D.N.Y. Nov. 3, 2010) (dismissing a habeas petition as premature
where the court lacked jurisdiction and petitioner had not exhausted state court remedies).
In light of the foregoing, the Court hereby GRANTS Respondents'  Motion to Dismiss.
The Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus is, therefore, DISMISSED WITHOUT PREJUDICE. The
Clerk is directed to close this action.
It is SO ORDERED.
Dated: New Haven, Connecticut
February 15, 2017
/s/ Charles S. Haight , Jr.
Charles S. Haight, Jr.
Senior United States District Judge
Disclaimer: Justia Dockets & Filings provides public litigation records from the federal appellate and district courts. These filings and docket sheets should not be considered findings of fact or liability, nor do they necessarily reflect the view of Justia.
Why Is My Information Online?