Sanchez v. Department of Homeland Security - Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Memorandum Opinion and Order re 1 Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus. Petitioner's instant Petition raises the same ground and is based on the same facts in his prior pending case, is duplicative and will be dismissed without prejudice. Signed by Honorable David C. Bramlette, III on October 31, 2012. (lda)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF MISSISSIPPI
AUGUSTO SANCHEZ, # 15478-004
CIVIL ACTION NO. 5:12cv134-DCB-JMR
DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND
MEMORANDUM OPINION AND ORDER OF DISMISSAL
This matter is before the Court sua sponte. Pro se Petitioner Augusto Sanchez filed this
Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus under 28 U.S.C. 2241 . He is presently at the Adams
County Correctional Center and challenges the execution of his sentence. The Court has
considered and liberally construed the pleadings. As set forth below, this case is dismissed.
On September 25, 2012, Petitioner filed the instant habeas Petition challenging the
execution of his sentence as a result of an immigration detainer placed upon him. He maintains
that an erroneous detainer has prohibited him from participation in a Community Corrections
Center. He asserts that he has already been adjudged a non-deportable alien.
This is not the first time Petitioner has filed a habeas action on this ground. On February
10, 2012, he filed the identical habeas claim against Respondent Department of Homeland
Security–Immigration and Customs Enforcement, among others. The prior action is styled
Sanchez v. Laughlin, Cause Number 5:12cv23-DCB-JMR, and is still pending before the
undersigned. In fact, ten days after Petitioner filed the instant case, he filed a Motion to Expedite
the prior case.
A civil action, including a habeas action, may be dismissed if it is duplicative of another
action pending in the same court. Oliney v. Gardner, 771 F.2d 856, 859 (5th Cir. 1985). See
also, Norwood v. United States, 235 F. App’x 231, 231 (5th Cir. July 24, 2007) (habeas) (citing
Pittman v. Moore, 980 F.2d 994, 994-95 (5th Cir. 1993)); Williams v. Thaler, No. 3-12-cv-2667M-BD, 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 135780 at *1-2 (N.D. Tex. Aug. 30, 2012) (habeas). Because the
instant Petition raises the same ground and is based on the same facts as the prior pending case
of Laughlin, the instant case is duplicative. It is therefore dismissed without prejudice.
IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED AND ADJUDGED that, for the reasons stated above,
this cause should be and is hereby DISMISSED WITHOUT PREJUDICE. A separate final
judgment shall issue pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 58.
SO ORDERED, this the 31st day of October
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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