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Christian v. Commonwealth

United States District Court, Middle District of Pennsylvania

April 21, 2014

JULIO CHRISTIAN, Petitioner
v.
COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA, Respondent

MEMORANDUM

RICHARD P. CONABOY United States District Judge

Background

Julio Christian, an inmate presently confined at the Rockview State Correctional Institution, Bellefonte, Pennsylvania (SCI-Rockview), filed this pro se action seeking federal habeas corpus relief pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2241.

By Memorandum and Order dated January 28, 2014, a second § 2241 action filed by Petitioner, Christian v. Commonwealth. Civil No. 3:CV-14-126 was consolidated into this matter pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 42(a).

Named as Respondent is the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.[1]The initially filed Petition does not set forth any facts or claims of entitlement to federal habeas corpus relief. Rather, Petitioner simply voices his intention to seek habeas corpus relief under § 2241. Christian's second action which is captioned as "Writ of Habeas Corpus" consists of nine (9) numbered paragraphs and vaguely indicated only that he was challenging the legality of a state court proceeding.

On April 17, 2014, Petitioner filed two notices, the first was captioned "Habeas Corpus Action has been Withdrawn" (Doc. 10) and the second as "Habeas Petition filed in Error." Doc. 11. Petitioner's notices indicate that this habeas corpus action was filed in mistake and should be deemed withdrawn. Christian explains only that it was intention to pursue a civil rights action.

Under the standards announced in United States v. Miller, 197 F.3d 644 (3d Cir. 1999) and Mason v. Meyers. 208 F.3d 414 (3d Cir. 2000), [2] a pro se litigant is allowed opportunity to voluntarily withdraw a federal habeas corpus petition.

Based upon an application of the standards announced in Miller and Mason to Christian's announced intention to withdraw his instant petition, his request for voluntary dismissal will be granted. The dismissal will be entered without prejudice.

An appropriate Order will issue.[3]


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