Rush v. Mark

Filing 5

REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION re 1 Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus filed by JOSEPH RUSH : It is recommended that this case be TRANSFERRED to the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida for all further proceedings. Signed by MAGISTRATE JUDGE ALLAN KORNBLUM on 2/25/2009. Internal deadline for referral to district judge if objections are not filed earlier: 3/25/2009. (jws)

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Page 1 of 2 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF FLORIDA GAINESVILLE DIVISION JOSEPH RUSH, Petitioner, v. MARK HENRY, et al., Respondents. ___________________________/ REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION This cause is before the Court upon a petition for writ of habeas corpus pursuant to 28 U.S.C. 2254. Doc. 1. Petitioner, who is represented by counsel, is currently incarcerated at Graceville Correctional Facility, Jackson County, Florida, and challenges his conviction out of the Circuit Court of Martin County, Florida. Jurisdiction is therefore appropriate in either this district, Panama City Division, or in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida, as the districts of confinement and conviction, respectively. 28 U.S.C. 2241(d). The district of conviction would appear to be the most convenient for witnesses should an evidentiary hearing be necessary, and therefore, transfer of this cause to the Southern District is appropriate. Mitchell v. Henderson, 432 F.2d 435, 436 (5th Cir. 1970) (division of conviction, where witnesses were located, was appropriate venue over division of confinement in challenge to conviction); Parker v. Singletary, 974 F.2d 1562, 1582, n. 118 (11th Cir. 1992) (courts should give careful consideration to convenience of witnesses in transferring habeas corpus petitions under 2241(d)). CASE NO. 1:09-cv-53-MMP-AK Page 2 of 2 It is therefore respectfully RECOMMENDED that this case be TRANSFERRED to the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida for all further proceedings. IN CHAMBERS at Gainesville, Florida, this 25th day of February, 2009. s/ A. KORNBLUM ALLAN KORNBLUM UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE NOTICE TO THE PARTIES A party may file specific, written objections to the proposed findings and recommendations within 15 days after being served with a copy of this report and recommendation. A party may respond to another party's objections within 10 days after being served with a copy thereof. Failure to file specific objections limits the scope of review of proposed factual findings and recommendations. 1:09cv53-MMP/AK

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