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Owens v. California Dep't of Corr.

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
Jan 9, 2012
No. C 11-02933 EJD (PR) (N.D. Cal. Jan. 9, 2012)

Opinion

No. C 11-02933 EJD (PR)

01-09-2012

ANTHONY R. OWENS, Petitioner, v. CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS, Respondent.


ORDER DENYING PETITION FOR

WRIT OF HABEAS CORPUS

Petitioner filed a pro se petition for a writ of habeas corpus under 28 U.S.C. § 2254, challenging his state conviction. On October 26, 2011, the Court dismissed the petition with leave to amend for Petitioner to show that meets the "in custody" requirement. (See Docket No. 8.) Petitioner was directed to file an amended petition within thirty days. (Id.)

As discussed in the Court's Order of Dismissal with Leave to Amend, Petitioner must show that he meets the "in custody" requirement of § 2254 before this Court may entertain his petition. The federal writ of habeas corpus is only available to persons "in custody" at the time the petition is filed. See 28 U.S.C. §§ 2241(c), 2254(a); Carafas v. LaVallee, 391 U.S. 234, 238 (1968). This requirement is jurisdictional. Id. A petitioner who files a habeas petition after he has fully served his sentence and who is not subject to court supervision is not "in custody" for the purposes of this court's subject matter jurisdiction and his petition is therefore properly denied. See De Long v. Hennessey, 912 F.2d 1144, 1146 (9th Cir. 1990).

The Court found that dismissal appeared to be appropriate as the information in the petition indicated that Petitioner was not "in custody": Petitioner indicated "No" to the question regarding custody in the form petition, (Pet. at 2), and his mailing address is a private residence and not a state correctional facility, (id. at 1). However, the Court also noted that this information was not consistent with the facts of his conviction, i.e., he was sentenced in June 2008 to 9 years in prison. (Pet. at 2.) Therefore in the interest of justice, the Court dismissed the petition with leave to amend, for Petitioner to attempt to show that he meets the "in custody" requirement.

On November 17, 2011, Petitioner filed a letter in which he states that "there's nothing at this time to 'Amend'" and that he has "no disagreements" with the Court order. (Docket No. 9.) He requests that the Court "send in future [sic] about anything that concern[s] [his] case." (Id.) It appears that Petitioner is conceding that he does not meet the "in custody" requirement. Accordingly, this petition is DENIED.

CONCLUSION

For the foregoing reasons, the petition is DENIED for failure to meet the in custody requirement. See 28 U.S.C. §§ 2241(c), 2254(a).

_________________

EDWARD J. DAVILA

United States District Judge

ANTHONY RAY OWENS, Petitioner,

v.

CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF

CORRECTIONS, Respondent.

Case Number: CV11-02933 EJD


CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE

I, the undersigned, hereby certify that I am an employee in the Office of the Clerk, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California.

That on 1/9/2012 , I SERVED a true and correct copy(ies) of the attached, by placing said copy(ies) in a postage paid envelope addressed to the person(s) hereinafter listed, by depositing said envelope in the U.S. Mail, or by placing said copy(ies) into an inter-office delivery receptacle located in the Clerk's office.

Anthony R Owens

405 Serrano Dr. #3E

San Francisco, CA 94132

Richard W. Wieking, Clerk

By: Elizabeth Garcia, Deputy Clerk


Summaries of

Owens v. California Dep't of Corr.

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
Jan 9, 2012
No. C 11-02933 EJD (PR) (N.D. Cal. Jan. 9, 2012)
Case details for

Owens v. California Dep't of Corr.

Case Details

Full title:ANTHONY R. OWENS, Petitioner, v. CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS,…

Court:UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA

Date published: Jan 9, 2012

Citations

No. C 11-02933 EJD (PR) (N.D. Cal. Jan. 9, 2012)