Jones v. Stephens
MEMORANDUM OPINION REGARDING TRANSFER. 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, Beaumont Division. Signed by Magistrate Judge Zack Hawthorn on 1/17/23. (ljw, )
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IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS
CIVIL ACTION NO. 9:23cv11
MEMORANDUM OPINION REGARDING TRANSFER
Petitioner Antonio Jones, a prisoner confined at the LaSalle Unit located in Beaumont, Texas,
filed 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 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.
Petitioner complains he is being unlawfully confined after being illegally arrested pursuant
to a fraudulent and defective indictment.
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 is confined at the LaSalle Unit in Beaumont, Texas which is located in the
Beaumont Division of the Eastern District of Texas. Thus, jurisdiction is proper in the Eastern
District of Texas. The petition, however, has been inadvertently filed in the Lufkin Division instead
of the Beaumont Division.
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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 is confined and the disciplinary proceeding
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 is confined in the Beaumont Division and complains of his allegedly
unlawful confinement in the Beaumont Division, all records and witnesses involving this action
most likely will be located in the Beaumont 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, Beaumont
Division. An Order of Transfer so providing shall be entered in accordance with this Memorandum
SIGNED this 17th day of January, 2023.
United States Magistrate Judge
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