Driver v. Hollingsworth
ORDER ENTERED: Petitioner is granted provisional leave to proceed in forma pauperis for the limited purpose of dismissing the petition without prejudice. Signed by Senior District Judge Richard D. Rogers on 10/22/2012. (Mailed to pro se party Mark Anthony Driver by regular mail.) (smnd)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF KANSAS
MARK ANTHONY DRIVER,
CASE NO. 12-3166-RDR
LISA J.W. HOLLINGSOWRTH,
O R D E R
This matter comes before the court on a petition for a writ of
habeas corpus under 28 U.S.C. § 2241, submitted pro se by a prisoner
confined in the United States Penitentiary in Leavenworth, Kansas.
Petitioner cites his conviction on 2006 drug charges in the
United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas, and
seeks re-computation of his sentence under the more favorable 18:1
crack cocaine ratio the United States Sentencing Commission has made
retroactive to the Sentencing Guidelines.
Petitioner contends § 2241
is the sole remedy for obtaining this relief, and claims judicial
intervention is necessary because pursuit of administrative remedies
within the Bureau of Prisons would be futile.
Section 2241 grants district courts jurisdiction to entertain
petitions for habeas corpus relief by persons who are in custody in
violation of the Constitution or laws or treaties of the United States.
28 U.S.C. § 2241(c)(3); see Maleng v. Cook, 490 U.S. 488, 490 (1989).
Generally, however, “[a] petition under 28 U.S.C. § 2241 attacks the
execution of a sentence rather than its validity.”
210 F.3d 1147, 1149 (10th Cir.2000).
Haugh v. Booker,
And the petitioner’s full
exhaustion of administrative remedies is required.
Garza v. Davis,
596 F.3d 1198, 1203 (10th Cir.2010).
In the present case, the court finds it unnecessary to address
whether petitioner’s exhaustion of administrative remedies would be
futile, as it plainly appears petitioner is seeking modification of
the sentence imposed rather than challenging the execution of that
Accordingly, this court lacks jurisdiction to consider the
petition absent a showing that the relief provided under § 2255 is
inadequate or ineffective.
Petitioner makes no such showing, and
none can be discerned from the face of the petition.
Also, the Supreme
Court has stated that “[w]hen the Commission makes a Guidelines
amendment retroactive, Courts have addressed comparable sentencing
claims arising in a motion filed in the criminal case for a reduction
of sentence pursuant to 18 U.S.C.§ 3582(c).
See e.g. Dillon v. U.S.,
130 S.C. 2683 (2010).
The court thus concludes the petition should be dismissed without
prejudice to petitioner pursuing any relief available before the
IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED that petitioner is granted provisional
leave to proceed in forma pauperis for the limited purpose of
dismissing the petition without prejudice.
This 22nd day of October 2012, at Topeka, Kansas.
s/ Richard D. Rogers
RICHARD D. ROGERS
United States District Judge
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