Lugo-Gonzalez v. Martin et al
Memorandum Opinion and Order re 1 Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus. Section 2241 is not available to provide relief Petitioner is seeking and this action is dismissed without prejudice. Signed by Honorable David C. Bramlette, III on March 26, 2013.(lda)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF MISSISSIPPI
EDWIN LUGO-GONZALEZ, # 62214-066
CIVIL ACTION NO. 5:13cv39-DCB-MTP
NFN MARTIN, d/b/a WARDEN/CHIEF
EXECUTIVE OFFICER/TRUSTEE and
UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF
MEMORANDUM OPINION AND ORDER OF DISMISSAL
This matter is before the Court sua sponte. On March 15, 2013, pro se Petitioner Edwin
Lugo-Gonzalez filed this Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus under 28 U.S.C. § 2241 . He is
incarcerated with the Federal Bureau of Prisons and is presently housed at the Federal
Correctional Center in Yazoo City. He explicitly invokes Section 2241, alleging a denial of
medical care. The Court has considered and liberally construed the pleadings. As set forth
below, this case is dismissed.
Petitioner styled his pleading as, “Petition for Emergency Hearing for Writ of Habeas
Corpus in the nature of 28 U.S.C. § 2241.” (Pet. at 1). He otherwise specifically invokes habeas
jurisdiction under Section 2241. His allegations, however, concern medical treatment. He
claims Respondents allowed him one round of radiology in 2012 but have since denied any
follow up treatments. He likewise complains that Respondents have not given him access to a
diagnosis. As relief, he seeks “immediate medical treatment.” (Pet. at 3). He does not specify
what his medical condition is.
A petitioner may use Section 2241 to attack the manner in which his sentence is being
executed. United States v. Cleto, 956 F.2d 83, 84 (5th Cir. 1992). A habeas action is the proper
vehicle to seek speedier release from custody. Orellana v. Kyle, 65 F.3d 29, 31 (5th Cir. 1995).
Section 2241 is not available when a petitioner seeks “injunctive relief unrelated to the cause of
his detention.” Rourke v. Thompson, 11 F.3d 47, 49 (5th Cir. 1993). Therefore, a claim for
denial of medical treatment is not cognizable under Section 2241. Id. Rather, the claim should
be brought in a civil rights or Federal Tort Claims action. Spencer v. Bragg, 310 F. App’x 678,
679 (5th Cir. Feb. 18, 2009); Rourke, 11 F.3d at 49.
Petitioner does not seek speedier release from custody. Rather, he challenges a condition
of his confinement and seeks medical treatment. Since Section 2241 is not available to provide
him such relief, this action is 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 26th day of March, 2013.
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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