Murphy v. Martin
MEMORANDUM OPINION regarding transfer. Ordered that petitioner's claims which he brings as an original collateral attack are severed from this action and the Clerk of Court is directed to file the resulting case as a new civil action. Ordered that the resulting case shall be transferred to the Lufkin Division of this Court for consideration. Signed by Judge Thad Heartfield on 12/18/2012. (bjc)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS
CIVIL ACTION NO. 1:12cv31
MEMORANDUM OPINION REGARDING TRANSFER
Petitioner Isaiah Murphy, an inmate confined at the Federal Correctional Complex in
Beaumont, Texas, proceeding pro se, brings this petition for writ of habeas corpus pursuant to
28 U.S.C. § 2241.
The above-styled action was referred to the undersigned magistrate judge pursuant to 28
U.S.C. § 636 and the Amended Order for the Adoption of Local Rules for the Assignment of
Duties to the United States Magistrate Judge for findings of fact, conclusions of law, and
recommendations for the disposition of the case.
On February 25, 2008, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas,
Lufkin Division, petitioner was convicted of the unlawful transportation of firearms. Petitioner
was sentenced to a term of imprisonment for 110 months. See United States v. Murphy, 9:07cr19
(E.D. Tex. Feb. 25, 2008). Petitioner's appeal was dismissed on December 12, 2008. Id.
Petitioner brings this petition asserting his plea of guilty was involuntary, he was denied effective
assistance of counsel, he is actually innocent, and the guidelines were not correctly interpreted.
A report was entered recommending dismissal of this petition as brought under the
savings clause of § 2255, noting also that petitioner's conviction became final almost four years
before petitioner filed this action and a motion to vacate would be time-barred. In his objections
to the report, petitioner requests that the court transfer his petition to the original sentencing court
to consider an out-of-time motion to vacate, set aside or correct sentence pursuant to 28 U.S.C.
Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2241(d), a petitioner may bring his petition for writ of habeas
corpus in the district court for the district wherein such person is in custody or in the district court
for the district within which he was convicted. Section 2241(d) further provides that the district
court in the exercise of its discretion may transfer the action to the other district in the furtherance
Petitioner was convicted and sentenced in the Lufkin Division of the Eastern District of
Texas. Thus, jurisdiction is proper in the Eastern District of Texas. However, while jurisdiction
is proper in the Eastern District of Texas, the court has considered the circumstances and has
determined that the interests of justice would best be served if the claims in this petition were
severed and any claims petitioner brings as an original collateral attack be transferred to the
division in which the petitioner was convicted.
Under 28 U.S.C. § 1404(a), for the convenience of parties and witnesses and in the
interest of justice, a district court may transfer any civil action to any other district or division
where it could have been brought. Such a transfer may be done sua sponte and is reviewable only
for an abuse of discretion. Mills v. Beech Aircraft Corp., 886 F.2d 758, 761 (5th Cir. 1989).
Since petitioner complains of a conviction which occurred in the Lufkin Division, all
records and witnesses involving this action most likely will be located in the Lufkin Division.
Thus, the transfer of this action to such division would further justice. Therefore, it is the opinion
of the undersigned that petitioner’s claims collaterally attacking his conviction and sentence
should be transferred to the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, Lufkin
Division. Accordingly, it is
ORDERED that petitioner's claims which he brings as an original collateral attack are
SEVERED from this action and the Clerk of Court is DIRECTED to file the resulting case as
a new civil action. It is further
ORDERED that the resulting case shall be transferred to the Lufkin Division of this court
SIGNED this the 18 day of December, 2012.
United States District Judge
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