Lugo v. Director TDCJ
MEMORANDUM OPINION REGARDING TRANSFER-ORDERED that this petition for writ of habeas corpus is TRANSFERRED to the San Antonio Division of the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas. (Held for 20 days before transferring per local rule 83.) Signed by Magistrate Judge Caroline Craven on 10/2/2017. (slo, )
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS
CIVIL ACTION NO. 5:17-CV-165
MEMORANDUM OPINION REGARDING TRANSFER
Petitioner Guillermo Lugo, an inmate currently confined at the Telford Unit of the Texas
Department of Criminal Justice, Institutional 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.
Title 28 U.S.C. § 2254(a) allows a district court to “entertain an application for a writ of
habeas corpus in behalf of a person in custody pursuant to the judgment of a State court only on the
ground that he is in custody in violation of the Constitution or laws or treaties of the United States.”
28 U.S.C. § 2254(a). A state prisoner is required to file his federal petition for writ of habeas corpus
either in the district where the prisoner is incarcerated or the district where the prisoner was
convicted and sentenced. 28 U.S.C. § 2241(d). Although both district courts have jurisdiction to
entertain the application, “[t]he district court for the district wherein such an application is filed in
the exercise of its discretion and in furtherance of justice may transfer the application to the other
district court for hearing and determination.” Id.
Petitioner filed this petition in the Texarkana Division of the Eastern District of Texas.
Petitioner is confined at the Telford Unit, which is located in the Eastern District of Texas.
However, petitioner was convicted and sentenced in Bexar County, which is located in the San
Antonio Division of the Western District of Texas.
The court has considered the circumstances and has determined that the interests of justice
would best be served if this petition were transferred to the district where petitioner was convicted
and sentenced. Therefore, the petition should be transferred to the Western District of Texas for
hearing and determination. It is accordingly
ORDERED that this petition for writ of habeas corpus is TRANSFERRED to the San
Antonio Division of the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas.
SIGNED this 2nd day of October, 2017.
CAROLINE M. CRAVEN
UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
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