Johnson v. Medary
ORDER denying 13 Motion for Discovery.(Signed by Magistrate Judge Jason B Libby) Parties notified.(mserpa, 2)
United States District Court
Southern District of Texas
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS
CORPUS CHRISTI DIVISION
July 12, 2017
David J. Bradley, Clerk
CIVIL ACTION NO. 2:17-CV-161
Petitioner is currently in custody awaiting trial on criminal charges pending
against him in the 347th District Court of Nueces County. Petitioner has filed a petition,
construed as a petition for writ of habeas corpus pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2241,
challenging his arrest and detention for indecency with a child. (D.E. 1). Pending is
Petitioner’s Motion for Discovery. (D.E. 13).
A habeas petitioner is generally not entitled to discovery. Rather, “Rule 6 of the
Rules Governing § 2254 cases permits discovery only if and only to the extent that the
district court finds good cause.” Murphy v. Johnson, 205 F.3d 809, 814 (5th Cir. 2000)
(emphasis added); see also United States v. Webster, 392 F.3d 787, 801 (5th Cir. 2004)
(“A habeas petitioner may ‘invoke the process of discovery available under the Federal
Rules of Civil Procedure if, and to the extent that, the judge in the exercise of his
discretion and for good cause shown grants leave to do so, but not otherwise.’”) (citation
omitted). The Fifth Circuit has explained that “[i]n order to establish good cause, the
petitioner must demonstrate that ‘a factual dispute, if resolved in the petitioner’s favor,
would entitle him to relief and the state has not afforded the petitioner a full and fair
evidentiary hearing.’” Lave v. Dretke, 416 F.3d 372, 381 (5th Cir. 2005) (quoting Ward
v. Whitley, 21 F.3d 1355, 1367 (5th Cir. 1994)).
A Memorandum and Recommendation (“M & R”) was entered on June 22, 2017,
recommending this case be dismissed without prejudice for lack of jurisdiction. (D.E.
12). Therefore, Petitioner’s Motion for Discovery is DENIED.
ORDERED this 12th day of July, 2017.
Jason B. Libby
United States Magistrate Judge
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