RAMBERT v. OVERMYER et al
MEMORANDUM ORDER summarily dismissing 1 Petition for Injunctive Relief, denying 14 Motion for Leave to File an Amended Complaint, and adopting 13 Report and Recommendation of Magistrate Judge Lenihan as the opinion of the Court. The Clerk shall mark this case CLOSED. Signed by Judge David S. Cercone on 3/3/17. (njt)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE WESTERN DISTRICT OF PENNSYLVANIA
ERIC X. RAMBERT,
MICHAEL OVERMYER, Warden,
JOHN E. WETZEL, Secretary, and
ATTORNEY GENERAL OF THE
STATE OF PENNSYLVANIA,
Judge David Stewart Cercone
Magistrate Judge Lisa Pupo Lenihan
Petitioner Eric X. Rambert ("Petitioner") initiated this action for habeas corpus relief on
November 10, 2016, by filing a "Petition for Injunction Relief Pursuant to [28 U.S.C.] § 2241,"
("Petition"). (ECF No. 1.) In his Petition, he seeks removal from the Restricted Release List
("RRL") and transfer to another state correctional facility. (ECF No. 12.) In accordance with
the Magistrate Judge's Act, 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(l), and Rules 72.C and 72.D of the Local Rules
of Court, all pretrial matters were referred to United States Magistrate Judge Lisa Pupo Lenihan.
On February 8, 2017, the Magistrate Judge issued a Report and Recommendation,
wherein she recommended that the Petition be summarily dismissed, and that a Certificate of
Appealability be denied, because Petitioner's claims are not cognizable under 28 U.S.C. § 2241.
(ECF No. 13.) In short, she concluded that Petitioner is challenging the conditions of his
confinement, which he cannot do through a petition for habeas corpus relief pursuant to § 2241.
Petitioner was served with the Report and Recommendation and informed that if he wished to
file objections then he must do so by February 22, 2017. On February 15, 2017, Petitioner filed
a Motion for Leave to file an Amended Petition, (ECF No. 14), with an attached proposed
Amended Petition, (ECF No. 14-1), and on February 17, 2017, he filed Objections to the Report
and Recommendation, (ECF No. 15).
Where, as here, objections have been filed, the court is required to make a de nova
determination about those portions of the Report and Recommendation to which objections were
made. See 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(l); Fed.R.Civ.P. 72(b). The district court may accept, reject, or
modify the recommended disposition, as well as receive further evidence or return the matter to
the magistrate judge with instructions.
After reviewing the record de nova, including the pleadings and documents in this case,
together with the Report and Recommendation, and Petitioner's Objections thereto, the Court is
in agreement with the ultimate recommendation of the Magistrate Judge. Additionally, the Court
finds that Petitioner's proposed Amended Petition (ECF No. 14-1), would also be subject to
summary dismissal for the same reasons as his current Petition. Accordingly,
IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that the Report and Recommendation dated February 8,
2017, (ECF No. 13), is adopted as the Opinion of the Court.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the "Petition for Injunction Relief Pursuant to§
2241," (ECF No. 12), is summarily dismissed.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that Petitioner's Motion for Leave to File an Amended
Petition, (ECF No. 14), is denied as futile.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the Clerk of Court mark this case CLOSED.
AND IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that pursuant to Rule 4(a)(l) of the Federal Rules
of Appellate Procedure, Petitioner has thirty (30) days to file a notice of appeal as provided by
Rule 3 of the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure.
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David Stewart Cercone
United States District Judge
Honorable Lisa Pupo Lenihan
United States Magistrate Judge
Eric X. Rambert
P.O. Box 945
Marienville, PA 16239
(Via First Class Mail)
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