McCreary v. Director, TDCJ-CID
MEMORANDUM OPINION regarding transfer. Signed by Magistrate Judge Keith F. Giblin on 9/8/2015. (bjc, )
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS
JODY FORD MCCREARY
CIVIL ACTION NO. 1:15cv331
MEMORANDUM OPINION REGARDING TRANSFER
Petitioner Jody Ford McCreary, an inmate confined at the Michael Unit of the Texas
Department of Criminal Justice, Correctional Institutions Division, proceeding pro se, brings this
petition for writ of habeas corpus pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2254.
The above-styled action was referred to the undersigned magistrate judge pursuant to 28
U.S.C. § 636 and the 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 January 13, 2011, in the 7th Judicial District Court for Smith County, Texas, petitioner
was convicted of tampering with physical evidence. Petitioner was sentenced to a term of twelve
years’ imprisonment. Petitioner brings this petition asserting he is actually innocent.
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 of justice.
Petitioner was convicted and sentenced in Smith County which is located in the Tyler
Division of the Eastern District of Texas. Additionally, petitioner is confined in the Tyler Division.
Thus, jurisdiction is proper in the Eastern District of Texas. The petition, however, has been
inadvertently filed in the Beaumont Division instead of the Tyler Division.
While jurisdiction is proper in the Eastern District of Texas, the court has considered the
circumstances and has determined that the interest of justice would best be served if this petition
were transferred to the division in which the petitioner was convicted and where he remains
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 Tyler Division, all records
and witnesses involving this action most likely will be located in the Tyler Division. Thus, the
transfer of this action to such division would further justice. Therefore, it is the opinion of the
undersigned that this petition should be transferred to the United States District Court for the Eastern
District of Texas, Tyler Division. An Order of Transfer so providing shall be entered in accordance
with this Memorandum Opinion.
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KEITH F. GIBLIN
UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
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