Dixon v. Sheldon
Order of Transfer signed by Judge James S. Gwin on 10/12/17 transferring this action to the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio. (D,MA)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
NORTHERN DISTRICT OF OHIO
WILLIAM ROBERT DIXON,
WARDEN ED SHELDON,
CASE NO. 1:17 CV 2142
JUDGE JAMES S. GWIN
ORDER OF TRANSFER
Petitioner pro se William Robert Dixon, an inmate in state custody at the Mansfield
Correctional Institution ("ManCI") in Mansfield, Ohio, brings this action for writ of habeas corpus
pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2254.
Petitioner challenges the judgment of conviction entered by the Montgomery County Court
of Common Pleas. Montgomery County is within Ohio's southern federal judicial district. ManCI
is located within Ohio's northern federal judicial district. Because petitioner challenges the
conviction of a state court within the Southern District of Ohio, but is in custody in the Northern
District of Ohio, both districts have concurrent jurisdiction over the action. 28 U.S.C. § 2241(d).
This court has the discretion to transfer this action to the Southern District for hearing and
determination. Id. A transfer to the Southern District is appropriate in this case, because it is the
more convenient forum and the evidence is more readily accessible in the district where petitioner
was convicted. See, Bell v. Watkins, 692 F.2d 999, 1013 (5th Cir. 1982), cert. denied, 464 U.S. 843
(1983); see also, Braden v. 30th Judicial Circuit Court of Ky., 410 U.S. 484, 497 n.13 (1973).
Accordingly, this action is hereby TRANSFERRED to the United States District Court for
the Southern District of Ohio.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
Dated: October 12, 2017
James S. Gwin
JAMES S. GWIN
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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