WHITE v. TRAMMEL
ORDER denying 1 Motion and dismissing petition. Ordered by U.S. District Judge HUGH LAWSON on 1/22/2015 (aks)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE MIDDLE DISTRICT OF GEORGIA
WARDEN ANITA TRAMMEL,
CIVIL No. 7:15-CV-3-HL
PROCEEDINGS UNDER 28 U.S.C § 2254
Petitioner Rickey White filed a petition for writ of habeas corpus pursuant to 28 U.S.C. §
2254. It appears from the face of the petition and from two previous § 2254 petitions filed in this
court that Petitioner is challenging a first degree murder conviction by an Oklahoma State court
and not in a state court of Georgia.1 Petitioner is requesting that this court take jurisdiction over
Federal district courts have jurisdiction to entertain petitions for habeas relief only
from persons who are “in custody in violation of the Constitution or laws or treaties of the
United States.” 28 U.S.C. § 2254(a). “District courts are limited to granting habeas relief
‘within their respective jurisdictions.’” Rumsfeld v. Padilla, 542 U.S. 426, 442 (2004)
(quoting 28 U.S.C. § 2241(a)). The court issuing the writ must have jurisdiction over the
custodian of the prisoner. Id. (quoting Braden v. 30th Judicial Circuit Court, 410 U.S. 484,
White v. Workman, 4:09-cv-45 (May 1, 2009) and White v. Workman, 4:09-cv-94 (Aug. 10, 2009).
A search of the Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER) reveals that Petitioner has filed twenty-seven
different petitions in thirteen different jurisdictions since 1995. See
Petitioner White’s return address is for the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester,
Oklahoma. As already noted, White acknowledges that his conviction was obtained in the
state of Oklahoma.
The jurisdiction of this federal court does not generally extend to
Oklahoma where the Warden at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary, White’s custodian, is
located. It is therefore ordered that this petition be DISMISSED.
SO ORDERED this 22nd day of January, 2015.
s/ Hugh Lawson_________________
HUGH LAWSON, SENIOR JUDGE
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