SCLG LLC v. JONES
ORDER DISMISSING without prejudice 1 Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus. Ordered by US DISTRICT JUDGE MARC THOMAS TREADWELL on 6/11/2015. (tlh)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE MIDDLE DISTRICT OF GEORGIA
SCLG LLC and LARRY E. EALY,
RICHARD K. JONES,
CIVIL NO. 5:15-CV-0204-MTT
Petitioners SCLG, L.L.C. and Larry E. Ealy have filed an application for habeas
corpus relief “on behalf of” Lance Ealy, a prisoner convicted in the United States District
Court for Southern District of Ohio. See U.S. v. Ealy, 3:13-cr-00175-MRB-1, ECF No.
165 (S.D. Ohio Nov. 19, 2014). The pleading filed by Petitioners, however, was neither
drafted nor signed by the prisoner.
To litigate an action on another’s behalf, Petitioners must provide an adequate
explanation as to why “the real party in interest is unable to litigate his own cause due to
mental incapacity, lack of access to court, or other similar disability.” Whitmore v.
Arkansas, 495 U.S. 149, 163–64 (1990). Here, it is unclear whether Lance Ealy is even
aware that this action has been filed, and the Petition does not include any explanation as to
why the prisoner is unable prosecute the action on his own behalf. Petitioners thus have
not established “next friend” standing to bring this action.1 See id; Francis v. Warden,
FCC Coleman-USP, 246 F. App’x 621, 622-23 (11th Cir. 2007); Newball-Archbold v.
United States, 8:09-cr-409, 2013 WL 1629296, at *1 (M.D. Fla. Apr. 16, 2013).
Furthermore, even if Petitioners could establish standing to bring the present suit on
behalf of Lance Ealy, venue is not proper in this Court. See 28 U.S.C. § 2255(a).
Because Plaintiff was convicted in federal court, any motion for habeas relief must be
directed to the court in which he was convicted. Id. Again, Lance Ealy was convicted in
the Southern District of Ohio.
The present application for federal habeas corpus relief is accordingly DISMISSED
without prejudice. If he so chooses, however, Lance Ealy may file an appropriate motion
or petition for habeas relief, on his own behalf, in his federal criminal case: U.S. v. Ealy,
3:13-cr-00175-MRB-1 (S.D. Ohio).
SO ORDERED, this 11th day of June, 2015.
S/ Marc T. Treadwell
MARC T. TREADWELL
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
The Court also notes that Petitioners SCLG and Larry E. Ealy have filed another action in this
Court on the behalf of Helene Green. See SCLG LLC v. Davis, 5:15-cv-173-MTT. Petitioners are
advised that, although a prisoner may seek legal assistance from others, non-attorneys may not
practice law in this Court. See M.D. Ga. Loc. R. 83.1.1; 28 U.S.C.A. § 1654. See also,
Iannaccone v. Law, 142 F.3d 553, 558 (2d Cir.1998). The fact that Petitioners describe
themselves as a “Special Legality Group” in this case suggests that Petitioners may be holding
themselves out as a person or entity entitled to practice law in this State and/or render legal
services or advice. If true, Petitioners could be held in contempt of court and subject to criminal
prosecution. See O.C.G.A. § 15–19–51.
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