Goodsell v. State of Utah

Filing 11

MEMORANDUM DECISION AND ORDER Denying Habeas Petition - It is Ordered that Petitioner's 2254 petition is Denied under the exhaustion and abstention doctrines. Signed by Judge Ted Stewart on 9/24/2010. (las)

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Goodsell v. State of Utah Doc. 11 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF UTAH _________________________________________________________________ TRAVIS WAYNE GOODSELL, Petitioner, ) MEMORANDUM DECISION AND ORDER DENYING HABEAS PETITION ) ) Case No. 2:10-CV-366 TS ) v. ) District Judge Ted Stewart ) STATE OF UTAH et al., ) ) Respondents. ) _________________________________________________________________ On June 10, 2010, the Court ordered Petitioner to within thirty days show cause why his 2254 petition should not be denied under the exhaustion and abstention doctrines. Petitioner responds that he believes his pre-trial detention at the state psychiatric hospital for determination of his competency to stand trial continues to be unconstitutionally protracted. It remains clear that Petitioner prematurely challenges his imprisonment, considering he has yet to go to trial, let alone be convicted. Also, he does not suggest that he has petitioned for extraordinary relief in state court as another avenue of exhausting his state-court remedies. See, e.g., Utah R. Civ. P. 65B ("Where no other plain, speedy and adequate remedy is available, a person may petition the court for extraordinary relief on any of the grounds set forth in paragraph (b) (involving wrongful restraint on personal liberty) . . . or paragraph (d) (involving wrongful use of judicial authority [and] the failure to exercise such authority . . . )."). IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED that Petitioner's 2254 petition is DENIED under the exhaustion and abstention doctrines. DATED this 24th day of September, 2010. BY THE COURT: ___________________________ TED STEWART United States District Judge 2

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