Barrientes v. United States of America
MEMORANDUM OPINION REGARDING TRANSFER. The court has determined that the interests of justice would best be served if this petition were transferred to the Eastern District of North Carolina. Signed by Magistrate Judge Zack Hawthorn on 5/1/15. (mrp, )
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
CIVIL ACTION NO. 1:15cv101
MEMORANDUM OPINION REGARDING TRANSFER
Petitioner Jorge Barrientes, an inmate confined at the Federal Correctional Institution in
Butner, North Carolina, proceeding pro se, brings this petition for writ of habeas corpus pursuant
to 28 U.S.C. § 2241.
Petitioner submitted this petition for writ of habeas corpus attacking his conviction and
Title 28 U.S.C. § 2241(a) provides that “[w]rits of habeas corpus may be granted by the
Supreme Court, any justice thereof, the district courts and any circuit judge within their respective
jurisdictions.” “To entertain a § 2241 habeas petition, the district court must, upon the filing of the
petition, have jurisdiction over the prisoner or his custodian.” United States v. Gabor, 905 F.2d 76,
78 (5th Cir. 1990) (citation omitted). A § 2241 petition must be filed in the district where the
petitioner is incarcerated. Id.; Hooker v. Sivley, 187 F.3d 680, 682 (5th Cir.1999).
Petitioner is currently confined in the Federal Correctional Institution located in Butner,
Granville County, North Carolina where he was located when he submitted the petition. Pursuant
to 28 U.S.C. § 113, Granville is located within the jurisdictional boundaries of the United States
District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina. As petitioner is not incarcerated in the
Eastern District of Texas, this court is without jurisdiction to consider petitioner’s petition for writ
of habeas corpus; subject-matter jurisdiction cannot be waived. See DeCell & Associates v. F.D.I.C.,
36 F.3d 464, 471 (5th Cir. 1991).
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).
After considering the circumstances, the court has determined that the interests of justice
would best be served if this petition were transferred to the district in which the petitioner is confined
rather than dismissed the case for lack of jurisdiction.1 An Order of Transfer so providing shall be
entered in accordance with this Memorandum Order.
SIGNED this 1st day of May, 2015.
United States Magistrate Judge
This court entered its Judgment against petitioner on February 10, 2014. Under other circumstances, the court
would be inclined to consider this petition as a motion to vacate sentence pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2255. However, petitioner
did not file his petition within one year of his conviction becoming final; thus, he is barred by the applicable statute of
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