United States District Court, M.D. Pennsylvania
April 1, 2015
DAVID LOPEZ MORENO, Petitioner
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Respondent
RICHARD P. CONABOY, District Judge.
This pro se petition for writ of habeas corpus pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2241 was filed by David Lopez Moreno, an inmate presently confined at the Moshannon Valley Correctional Institution, Philipsburg, Pennsylvania (Moshannon Valley). Petitioner has also filed an in forma pauperis application. Moreno's action will be transferred to the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania.
Named as sole Respondent is the United States of America. Moreno states that he is presently serving a federal criminal sentence and becomes eligible for home detention as of April 9, 2015. See Doc. 1, p. 1. Petitioner adds that his projected release date is October 9, 2015. See id.
Moreno's pending action does not challenge the legality of his deral criminal conviction or resulting sentence. Rather, Moreno claims that he should be immediately deported back to his native country without having to complete the remainder of his sentence.
Relief pursuant to § 2241 may only be sought in the district court having jurisdiction over a petitioner's custodian. See Rumsfeld v. Padilla, 542 U.S. 426, 442 (2004) (jurisdiction for habeas corpus petitions challenging present physical confinement lies in only one strict; the district of confinement); Braden v. 30th Judicial Circuit Court, 410 U.S. 484, 494-95 (1973) Although having a mailing address as Phillipsburg, Pennsylvania, which is located in Centre County and with the confines of the Middle District of Pennsylvania, Moshannon Valley Correctional Center is actually located in Decatur Township, Pennsylvania, on the eastern edge of Clearfield County, which is within the jurisdiction of the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania. See Tsoukalas v. United States 215 Fed.Appx. 152 (3d Cir. 2007) (jurisdiction over a § 2241 petition filed by Moshannon Valley inmate rests with the Western District of Pennsylvania).
As recognized in Tsoukalas, this Court lacks jurisdiction over the Warden of Moshannon Valley. A court may transfer any civil action for the convenience of the parties of witnesses, or in the interest of justice, to any district where the action might have been brought. 28 U.S.C. § 1404(a). Consequently, this matter will be transferred to the United States District Court for the Western District of Pannsylvania pursuant to $1404(a). An appropriate Order will enter.