Alberta v. Smith
ORDER TRANSFERRING CASE to the Western District of Michigan. Signed by District Judge Stephen J. Murphy, III. (DPer)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF MICHIGAN
DOUGLAS MYRON ALBERTA, #536637,
Case No. 2:11-cv-15174
HONORABLE STEPHEN J. MURPHY, III
ORDER TRANSFERRING THE PETITION FOR WRIT OF
HABEAS CORPUS TO THE WESTERN DISTRICT OF MICHIGAN
Petitioner Douglas Myron Alberta has filed a petition for a writ of habeas corpus with
this Court pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2254. Petitioner is confined at the Carson City
Correctional Facility in Carson City, Michigan. His habeas petition challenges a June 4,
2008 jury trial conviction entered in the Montcalm County Circuit Court.
When a habeas petition is submitted by a person in the custody of a state with two or
more federal judicial districts, the petition may be filed in either the district where the person
is in custody or in the district where the person was convicted and sentenced. 28 U.S.C.
§ 2241(d). The district in which the petitioner has filed a habeas petition, in the exercise
of discretion and in furtherance of justice, may transfer the petition to another district court
having jurisdiction over the petition. Id.; see also 28 U.S.C. § 1406(a) (district court may
dismiss or, in the interests of justice, transfer case with improper venue to district or division
where it could have been brought).
Petitioner is confined in Montcalm County, Michigan, which lies in the Southern
Division of the Western District of Michigan. See 28 U.S.C. § 102(b)(1). The conviction
and sentence he challenges were also rendered in Montcalm County. Venue is not
appropriate in the Eastern District of Michigan because the Petitioner is neither in custody
in this district nor was he convicted and sentenced here. Instead, the appropriate venue
for the petition is the Western District of Michigan. The Court will therefore transfer
Petitioner’s case to the Western District of Michigan.
WHEREFORE, it is hereby ORDERED that the Clerk of the Court to transfer this case
to the United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan, pursuant to 28
U.S.C. § 2241(d).
s/Stephen J. Murphy, III
STEPHEN J. MURPHY, III
United States District Judge
Dated: January 22, 2012
I hereby certify that a copy of the foregoing document was served upon the parties and/or
counsel of record on January 22, 2012, by electronic and/or ordinary mail.
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