Rodriguez v. State of New Mexico et al
ORDER TO TRANSFER TO THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS by District Judge Kenneth J. Gonzales. (tah)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF NEW MEXICO
EUGENIO LÓPEZ RODRIGUEZ,
No. CV 17-01177 KG/SMV
STATE OF NEW MEXICO,
ORDER TO TRANSFER TO THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS
THIS MATTER is before the Court on the Petition Under 28 U.S.C. § 2254 for a Writ of
Habeas Corpus by a Person in State Custody filed by Petitioner Eugenio López Rodriguez on
November 29, 2017. (Doc. 1). This Court construes the Petition as a request for habeas corpus
relief under 28 U.S.C. § 2241 will order the case to be transferred to the Northern District of
Texas, Amarillo Division.
Petitioner Eugenio López Rodriguez has multiple convictions in New Mexico and Texas
for armed robbery, robbery, conspiracy, murder, and escape. (Doc. 1 at 1). In his Petition,
Rodriguez states that:
“This is not a challenge to the conviction, this is a challenge to the
disregard to Petitioner’s rights to due process and of an
unlawful stacking of sentence which automatically make any
and all sentences regardless of its length “a life without Parole.”
(Doc. 1 at 13). An attack on the manner in which a sentence is executed properly proceeds under
28 U.S.C. § 2241. See Tolliver v. Dobre, 211 F.3d 876, 877–78 (5th Cir.2000); see, also, Jeffers
v. Chandler, 253 F.3d 827, 830 (5th Cir. 2001). Because Rodriguez is challenging the manner in
which his sentences are being executed rather than the validity of his underlying convictions, his
petition arises under 28 U.S.C. § 2241 rather than § 2254. See Montez v. McKinna, 208 F.3d 862
(10th Cir.2000). The Court finds that Rodriguez’s Petition should be construed as a petition for
writ of habeas corpus pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2241. Maxwell v. Janecka, 191 F. App'x 717, 718
(10th Cir. 2006); Davis v. Fechtel, 150 F.3d 486, 487 (5th Cir. 1998).
Petitioner may only seek § 2241 relief in the District where Rodriguez is incarcerated and
must proceed against his present physical custodian. Rumsfeld v. Padilla, 452 U.S. 426, 442-43
(2004). Rodriguez is presently incarcerated in the William P. Clements Unit of the Texas
Department of Corrections in Amarillo, Texas. (Doc. 1 at 1). For judicial purposes, the William
P. Clements Unit of the Texas Department of Corrections is located in the Northern District of
Texas, Amarillo Division. See www.uscourts.gov/court-locater. The Warden of the William P.
Clements Unit is Kevin Foley. Because Rodriguez is incarcerated in the Northern District of
Texas, this Court will order substitution of Warden Kevin Foley as Respondent and will transfer
the case to the Northern District of Texas.
IT IS ORDERED that Warden Kevin Foley is substituted as Respondent in place of the
State of New Mexico and the Clerk is DIRECTED to transfer this case to the Northern District of
Texas, Amarillo Division.
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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