99 Cal. Daily Op. Ser v. 2157, 1999 Dailyjournal D.a.r. 2820loren Edward Mcnab, Petitioner-appellant, v. Cynthia Kok; Hardy Myers, Attorney General of the State Oforegon, Respondents-appellees, 170 F.3d 1246 (9th Cir. 1999)

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US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit - 170 F.3d 1246 (9th Cir. 1999) Submitted March 15, 1999. 1Decided March 25, 1999

Wendy Rae Willis, Assistant Federal Public Defender, Portland, Oregon, for the petitioner-appellant.

David B. Thompson, Assistant Attorney General, Salem, Oregon, for the respondents-appellees.

Appeal from the United States District Court for the District of Oregon; Robert E. Jones, District Judge, Presiding. D.C. No. CV-96-06010-REJ.

Before: SNEED, KOZINSKI, and LEAVY, Circuit Judges.


Loren Edward McNab, a former Oregon prisoner, appeals the district court's dismissal of his 28 U.S.C. § 2254 habeas corpus petition. We have jurisdiction pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2253. We review de novo a district court's dismissal of a habeas corpus petition, see Morales v. Calderon, 85 F.3d 1387, 1389 n. 6 (9th Cir. 1996), and we affirm.

McNab filed a habeas corpus petition challenging Oregon's sex offender registration requirements. On appeal, McNab contends that the district court erred by dismissing his petition for lack of jurisdiction on the basis that McNab was not "in custody" within the meaning of section 2254(a). This contention lacks merit.

We have held that Washington's and California's sex offender registration statutes do not place a petitioner in custody because these statutes do not place "a significant restraint on ... physical liberty" by restricting the registrant's freedom to move about. Williamson v. Gregoire, 151 F.3d 1180, 1183-84 (9th Cir. 1998) (Washington), cert. denied, --- U.S. ----, 119 S. Ct. 824, 142 L. Ed. 2d 682 (1999); see Henry v. Lungren, 164 F.3d 1240, 1241-42 (9th Cir. 1999) (California). Like their counterparts in California and Washington, sex offenders subject to registration in Oregon are free to move to a new place of residence so long as they notify law enforcement officials of their new address. Compare Cal.Penal Code § 290 (West 1998) and Wash. Rev.Code § 9 A. 44.130 (West 1998) with Or.Rev.Stat. §§ 181.595 & 181.596 (West 1997). Accordingly, because Oregon's sex offender registration requirements place no greater restraint on personal liberty than those of California and Washington, the Oregon law does not place McNab in custody within the meaning of section 2254(a). See Henry, 164 F.3d at 1241-42; Williamson, 151 F.3d at 1184.



The panel unanimously finds this case suitable for decision without oral argument. See Fed. R. App. P. 34(a)