Williams v. Director, TDCJ-CID

Filing 7

ORDER TO TRANSFER CASE to Eastern District of Texas, Beaumont Division (Signed by Judge George C Hanks, Jr) Parties notified.(dperez, 3) [Transferred from Texas Southern on 4/13/2018.]

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United States District Court Southern District of Texas ENTERED UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS GALVESTON DIVISION ALFREY JAMES WILLIAMS, TDCJ # 02035526, Petitioner, VS. LORIE DAVIS, Respondent. April 12, 2018 David J. Bradley, Clerk § § § § § CIVIL ACTION NO. 3:18-CV-35 § § § § ORDER TO TRANSFER Petitioner Alfrey James Williams, an inmate in the custody of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice–Correctional Institutions Division (“TDCJ”), has filed a petition for a writ of habeas corpus under 28 U.S.C. § 2254. The petition challenges a state court drug conviction in Jefferson County, Cause Number 14-20689-A. Williams is proceeding pro se and has paid the $5 filing fee. After reviewing the pleadings, the Court concludes that this action must be transferred for reasons set forth briefly below. Because the petitioner is in custody pursuant to a judgment and sentence by a state court in Texas, which has more than one federal district, jurisdiction over the petition is determined by the place of conviction or the place of confinement, as follows: Where an application for a writ of habeas corpus is made by a person in custody under the judgment and sentence of a State court of a State which contains two or more Federal judicial districts, the application may be filed in the district court for the district wherein such person is in custody or in the district court for the district within which the State court was held which convicted and sentenced him and each of such district courts shall have concurrent jurisdiction to entertain the application. 1/3 28 U.S.C. § 2241(d). The Fifth Circuit has emphasized that, under § 2241(d), a petitioner may seek a federal writ of habeas corpus in one of only two places: (1) the district in which the state court conviction was entered, or (2) the district within which the petitioner is incarcerated. See Wadsworth v. Johnson, 235 F.3d 959, 962 (5th Cir. 2000). Jefferson County, where the challenged state court conviction was entered, is located in the Eastern District of Texas, Beaumont Division. See 28 U.S.C. § 124(c)(2). The Ramsey Unit, where the petitioner is presently incarcerated, is located in Brazoria County, which is in the Southern District of Texas, Galveston Division. See 28 U.S.C. § 124(b)(1). Although the petition was properly filed here for purposes of Section 2441(d), the challenged conviction that has no ties to this district. Under these circumstances, a transfer is appropriate. See Mitchell v. Henderson, 432 F.2d 435, 436 (5th Cir. 1970) (concluding that the division of conviction, where witnesses were located, was a more appropriate venue than the division of confinement in challenge to conviction). In the exercise of its discretion and in furtherance of justice, this Court will transfer the petition pursuant to Section 2241(d) and Southern District policy. See General Order of May 30, 1985 (dictating that challenges to the conviction go to the division within the district where the conviction was entered). 2/3 Accordingly, the Clerk of Court is ORDERED to TRANSFER this habeas action to the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, Beaumont Division, and to provide a copy of this order to the parties. SIGNED at Galveston, Texas, this 12th day of April, 2018. ___________________________________ George C. Hanks Jr. United States District Judge 3/3

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