Barker v. McKenzie

Filing 9

ORDER : 1) Petitioner's 8 Objection to Report and Recommendations are OVERRULED; 2) Judge Atkins's 7 Report and Recommendations is ADOPTED as the opinion of the Court; 3) the Clerk is DIRECTED to transfer this action to the USDC for the Western District of Kentucky, Louisville Division. Signed by Judge Gregory F. VanTatenhove on 11/17/22.(JLS)cc: CORand Adam Anthony Barker by US Mail

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UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT EASTERN DISTRICT OF KENTUCKY NORTHERN DIVISION ASHLAND ADAM ANTHONY BARKER, Petitioner, v. SHAWN MCKENZIE, Respondent. ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) Case No. 0:22-cv-00086-GFVT-EBA ORDER *** *** *** *** This matter is before the Court on the Report and Recommendation filed by United States Magistrate Judge Edward B. Atkins addressing Petitioner Adam Barker’s Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus [R. 1.] Mr. Barker seeks to attack his criminal conviction from the Jefferson Circuit Court, which lies in the federal judicial district of the Western District of Kentucky. Judge Atkins recommends that the Court transfer the action to the United States District Court for the Western District of Kentucky, Louisville Division. [R. 7.] Mr. Barker objects to the Report and Recommendation, arguing that he “is concerned that he may not receive a fair turn in the” Western District because he alleges prosecutorial and judicial misconduct. [R. 8 at 1.] Under 28 U.S.C. § 1404, a district court may transfer a civil action to another district where it might have been brought “for the convenience of parties and witnesses [and] in the interest of justice.” Judge Atkins correctly recommends that the action be transferred to the Western District because it is where “the witnesses and records are likely to be located.” [R. 7.] Mr. Barker was convicted by a state court located in the Western District and alleges misconduct by individuals located in the Western District. [R. 1 at 1; R. 8;] see also Braden v. 30th Jud. Cir. Ct. of Ky., 410 U.S. 484, 493-94 (1973) (holding that the most appropriate district was “where all the material events took place [and] the records and witnesses pertinent to petitioner’s claim [were] likely to be found”). Although Mr. Barker alleges misconduct against federal prosecutors and a state judge, the Court is confident that his claims will be fairly considered in the Western District. Accordingly, and the Court being sufficiently advised, it is hereby ORDERED as follows: 1. Petitioner Adam Barker’s Objections [R. 8] are OVERRULED, 2. Judge Atkins’s Report and Recommendation [R. 7] is ADOPTED as and for the opinion of the Court, and; 3. The Clerk is DIRECTED to transfer this action to the United States District Court for the Western District of Kentucky, Louisville Division. This the 17th day of November, 2022. 2

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