Bonning v. Bartlett, et al.
INITIAL REVIEW ORDER BY SCREENING JUDGE - The Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus (Dkt. 1 ) is DISMISSED without prejudice. Signed by Judge B. Lynn Winmill. (caused to be mailed to non Registered Participants at the addresses listed on the Notice of Electronic Filing (NEF) by (jd)
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UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF IDAHO
AMY ROSE BONNING,
Case No. 1:21-cv-00245-BLW
INITIAL REVIEW ORDER
ADA COUNTY SHERIFF STEPHEN
BARTLETT; GOVERNOR BRAD
LITTLE; JUDGE STEVEN HIPPLER;
and IDAHO DEPARTMENT OF
CENTRAL DISTRICT HEALTH,
In this habeas case, Idaho state prisoner Amy Rose Bonning (“Petitioner”) has
requested release from custody due to the COVID-19 pandemic under 28 U.S.C. § 2241,
alleging that the conditions of her confinement violate the Constitution.1 Specifically,
Petitioner asserts that those conditions place her in danger from the COVID-19 pandemic
and seeks “compassionate release.” See Compl., Dkt. 1, at 7.
REVIEW OF PETITION
Standard of Law for Review of Petition
Federal habeas corpus relief under 28 U.S.C. § 2241 is available to petitioners who
show that they are in custody in violation of the Constitution, laws, or treaties of the
Petitioner initially made the release request in a pending civil rights case brought under 42 U.S.C.
§ 1983. See Bonning v. Bartlett, No. 1:21-cv-00165-BLW (D. Idaho). Because civil rights claims and
habeas claims may not be brought in the same action, the Court severed the request for release into this
new, separate action under 28 U.S.C. § 2241. See Order Severing Habeas Claim, Dkt. 2.
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United States. See 28 U.S.C. § 2241(c). In its discretion, courts may apply the Rules
Governing Section 2254 Cases (“Habeas Rules”) to petitions filed under § 2241. See
Habeas Rule 1(b). Therefore, the Court now reviews the Petition to determine whether it
is subject to summary dismissal. Summary dismissal is appropriate where “it plainly
appears from the face of the petition and any attached exhibits that the petitioner is not
entitled to relief in the district court.” See Habeas Rule 4.
Petitioner claims that the denial of bail in her state court criminal proceeding—
which led to her being confined in allegedly unconstitutional jail conditions—placed her
in danger from COVID-19 pandemic. Compl. at 6. However, this Court has already held
that such claims are not cognizable—meaning they cannot be heard—in a federal habeas
action. Jackson v. City of Twin Falls, No. 1:21-CV-00013-BLW, 2021 WL 982307, at *1
(D. Idaho Mar. 16, 2021); Jackson v. Twin Falls Cty. Jail, No. 1:21-cv-00017-DCN,
2021 WL 1202336, at *4 (D. Idaho Mar. 29, 2021). Instead, they may be brought only
under 42 U.S.C. § 1983, the federal civil rights statute. Petitioner has such claims
pending in Bonning v. Bartlett, No. 1:21-cv-00165-BLW (D. Idaho).
For the foregoing reasons, Petitioner’s habeas claim is subject to summary
dismissal as noncognizable.
IT IS ORDERED:
The Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus (Dkt. 1) is DISMISSED without
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The Court does not find its resolution of this habeas matter to be reasonably
debatable, and a certificate of appealability will not issue. See 28 U.S.C.
§ 2253(c); Habeas Rule 11. If Petitioner files a timely notice of appeal, the
Clerk of Court shall forward a copy of the notice of appeal, together with
this Order, to the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
Petitioner may seek a certificate of appealability from the Ninth Circuit by
filing a request in that court.
DATED: July 19, 2021
B. Lynn Winmill
U.S. District Court Judge
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