Herrera v. Fox
MEMORANDUM. Signed by Judge Richard G. Andrews on 12/10/14. (etg, )
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF DELAWARE
CENOBIO H. HERRERA, SR.,
Civil Action No. 14-1412-RGA
JACK FOX, Corporate Entity,
Petitioner Cenobio H. Herrera ("Herrera") has filed a document titled "Petition for
Emergency Writ of Habeas Corpus" ("petition"). (D.I. 1) Herrara is a federal prisoner at
the Federal Correctional Institution in Lompoc, California, and he alleges that
respondent "is a corporation for profit" 1 which has unlawfully detained him since May
2002 because no "bona fide mittimus, or committal papers" are known to exist. Id. at 2.
Herrera asserts that this court can review the instant proceeding because it has
"original jurisdiction and authority" over foreign relations matters of Delaware
corporations operating in the State of California, and respondent is a corporation linked
to corporations incorporated in the State of Delaware. Id. Herrera seeks his immediate
release. Id. at 3.
Federal courts are required to liberally construe pro se filings. See Royce v.
Hahn, 151 F.3d 116, 118 (3d Cir. 1998). Nevertheless, a district court may summarily
dismiss a habeas petition "if it plainly appears from the face of the petition and any
exhibits annexed to it that the petitioner is not entitled to relief." See Rule 4, 28 U.S.C.
"Jack Fox" can be found on the internet as being the Warden of USP Lompoc.
foll. § 2255.
Summary dismissal is appropriate in this case. A federal prisoner challenging
the legality of his conviction or sentence must file a motion to vacate, correct, or modify
a sentence pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2255 in the sentencing court. See 28 U.S.C. §
2255(a); Davis v. United States, 417 U.S. 333, 343-44 (1974); In re Dorsainvil, 119 F.3d
245, 249 (3d Cir. 1997). Wherever Herrera may have been prosecuted, it was not in
the District of Delaware. Therefore, to the extent Herrera is seeking relief under 28
U.S.C. § 2255, this court does not have jurisdiction.
Alternatively, a federal prisoner challenging his physical custody and the manner
in which his sentence is being executed must file a petition for the writ of habeas corpus
pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2241 in the district of confinement. Rumsfeld v. Padilla, 542
U.S. 426, 446-47 (2004); see United States v. Jack, 774 F.2d 605, 607 n.1 (3d Cir.
1985)(a habeas corpus petition pursuant to § 2241 is appropriate in the district of
confinement). The Federal Correctional Institution in Lompoc, California, is located in
the Central District of California. Consequently, to the extent Herrera is challenging his
physical custody pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2241, the court does not have jurisdiction over
For the reasons set forth above, this court does not have jurisdiction, and
therefore will summarily dismiss Herrera's petition for emergency writ of habeas corpus
for lack of jurisdiction, and will not issue a certificate of appealability. See 28 U.S.C. §
2253(c)(2); United States v. Eyer, 113 F.3d 470 (3d Cir. 1997); 3d Cir. L.A.R. 22.2
(2011 ). A separate order follows.
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