Terrell v. Dozier et al

Filing 4

ORDER transferring to the Middle District of Georgia, Macon Division. Signed by Chief Judge J. Randal Hall on 12/06/2017. (jlh) [Transferred from gasd on 12/6/2017.]

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IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF GEORGIA AUGUSTA DIVISION WILLIE JAMES TERRELL, JR., Petitioner, CV 117-159 v. GREGORY DOZIER, Commissioner; D.O.C; W.A.S.P.; SAMUEL S. OLENS, A.G.; T.J. CONLEY, Warden; KARL FORT, Deputy Warden of Security; STEVEN WILLIAMS, Administrative Segregation Unit Manager; and CHRIS CARR, A.G., Respondents. ORDER Petitioner requests federal habeas corpus relief under 28 U.S.C. § 2254, challenging disciplinary proceedings conducted at Washington State Prison in Davisboro, Georgia, which is located in the Middle District of Georgia. (Doc. no. 1.) Petitioner filed a similar petition on August 21, 2017 seeking what appears to be identical relief, and this Court transferred that petition to the Middle District of Georgia. See Terrell v. Conlev et al„ CV 117-101, doc. nos. 1, 3 (S.D. Ga. Aug. 21, 2017). That case is still pending in the Middle District. See Terrell v. Conlev et al„ CV 517-324 (M.D. Ga. Aug. 21, 2017). While the Court is hesitant to characterize the nature of Petitioner's claim, venue is proper in the Middle District regardless of whether the petition is properly characterized under § 2241 or § 2254 because it is the practice of this Court to transfer an action to the district in which the original proceedings were conducted. See 28 U.S.C. § 2241(d); see also Fernandez v. United States. 941 F.2d 1488, 1495 (11th Cir. 1991) (explaining § 2241 petitions are properly brought in the district of incarceration); Bell v. Watkins, 692 F.2d 999, 1013 (5th Cir. 1982) (approving transfer of § 2254 petition from district of incarceration to district where petitioner was convicted). Therefore, the Court ORDERS the transfer of this action to the United States District Court for the Middle District of Georgia, Macon Division, for further consideration and DIRECTS the Clerk to immediately forward the file to that District. SO ORDERED this fe> day of December, 2017, at Augusta, Georgia. J. RANDAL HALL, CHIEF JUDGE UNITED^STATES DISTRICT COURT iRN DISTRICT OF GEORGIA

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