HARRIS v. UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
ORDER: The Petition is DISMISSED for lack of jurisdiction. The Clerk shall enter judgment and mail a copy the Memorandum Opinion and Order to the petitioner at the address reflected on the docket. See attached document for details. Signed by Judge Randolph D. Moss on 1/27/2016. (lcrdm3, )
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
RONNIE LIONEL HARRIS,
Civil Action No. 15-2170 (RDM)
MEMORANDUM OPINION AND ORDER
Petitioner Ronnie Lionel Harris, proceeding pro se, filed this action pursuant to 28 U.S.C.
§ 2254. He is incarcerated at the Hazelton United States Penitentiary in Bruceton Mills, West
Virginia. Harris contends, mistakenly, that “[t]his case comes . . . via remand from the United
States Court of Appeals.” Dkt. 1 at 1 (Pet. ¶ 2). He is referring to the D.C. Circuit’s remand in a
separate civil case, Harris v. Fulwood, No. 12-1215 (ABJ), which instructed the district court
only “to modify the orders to state that dismissal is without prejudice to Appellant’s rights to
pursue his claims in an appropriate proceeding,” in accordance with Heck v. Humphrey, 512 U.S.
477 (1994). Harris v. Fulwood, No. 13-5343, at 2 (D.C. Cir. Apr. 21, 2015).
The instant habeas petition is not a continuation of Harris’s civil action in case No. 121215. Rather, it is based on the same claim of actual innocence that Harris raised in a prior
habeas action, and it compels the same result. See Harris v. United States, No. 15-1425, 2015
WL 8664189 (D.D.C. Dec. 11, 2015) (explaining that “a federal court in the District of Columbia
lacks jurisdiction to grant habeas relief from a Maryland conviction,” and any challenge to the
U.S. Parole Commission’s reliance on the Maryland conviction “must proceed under the general
habeas statute . . . before a district judge who is capable of exercising personal jurisdiction over
the warden of the prison where [the petitioner] is detained”).
Because this Court lacks jurisdiction to consider Harris’s habeas petition, it is hereby
ORDERED that this case is DISMISSED without prejudice.
SO ORDERED. The Clerk shall enter judgment and shall mail a copy of this
Memorandum Opinion and Order to the petitioner at the address reflected on the docket.
/s/ Randolph D. Moss
RANDOLPH D. MOSS
United States District Judge
Date: January 27 2016
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