(HC) James v State of CA Attorney General et al, No. 2:2023cv00037 - Document 3 (E.D. Cal. 2023)

Court Description: ORDER, FINDINGS and RECOMMENDATIONS signed by Magistrate Judge Allison Claire on 1/17/2023 ORDERING the Clerk to randomly assign a United States District Judge to this action. IT IS RECOMMENDED that petitioner's 1 application for a writ o f habeas corpus be dismissed without prejudice, and this court decline to issue the certificate of appealability referenced in 28 U.S.C. § 2253. Assigned and referred to Judge Kimberly J. Mueller; Objections to F&R due within 21 days. (Yin, K)

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(HC) James v State of CA Attorney General et al Doc. 3 Case 2:23-cv-00037-KJM-AC Document 3 Filed 01/17/23 Page 1 of 3 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 9 FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 10 11 RONALD EUGENE JAMES, 12 Petitioner, 13 14 15 No. 2:23-cv-0037 AC P v. ORDER AND FINDINGS & RECOMMENDATIONS STATE OF CALIFORNIA ATTORNEY GENERAL, Respondent. 16 17 Petitioner, a pretrial detainee proceeding pro se, has filed a petition for a writ of habeas 18 19 corpus pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2241. I. 20 Petition The Rules Governing Section 2254 Cases in the United States District Courts (Habeas 21 22 Rules) are appropriately applied to proceedings undertaken pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2241. Habeas 23 Rule 1(b). Rule 4 of the Habeas Rules requires the court to summarily dismiss a habeas petition 24 “[i]f it plainly appears from the petition and any attached exhibits that the petitioner is not entitled 25 to relief in the district court.” “[A] petition for habeas corpus should not be dismissed without 26 leave to amend unless it appears that no tenable claim for relief can be pleaded were such leave 27 granted.” Jarvis v. Nelson, 440 F.2d 13, 14 (9th Cir. 1971) (citations omitted). 28 //// 1 Dockets.Justia.com Case 2:23-cv-00037-KJM-AC Document 3 Filed 01/17/23 Page 2 of 3 1 Petitioner challenges his confinement on the grounds that the evidence submitted at the 2 preliminary hearing was insufficient evidence to charge him and the prosecutor knowingly used 3 perjured testimony during the preliminary hearing. ECF No. 1 at 3-12. 4 Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2241, the courts have jurisdiction to consider a habeas petition 5 brought by a pretrial detainee. McNeely v. Blanas, 336 F.3d 822, 824 n.1 (9th Cir. 2003) 6 (citations omitted). Under § 2241(c)(3), a pretrial detainee may seek a writ of habeas corpus 7 when “[h]e is in custody in violation of the Constitution or laws or treaties of the United States.” 8 However, under Younger v. Harris, 401 U.S. 37 (1971), federal courts may not interfere with a 9 pending state criminal case. “Younger abstention is a jurisprudential doctrine rooted in 10 overlapping principles of equity, comity, and federalism.” San Jose Silicon Valley Chamber of 11 Com. Pol. Action Comm. v. City of San Jose, 546 F.3d 1087, 1091-92 (9th Cir. 2008) (citations 12 and footnote omitted). 13 We must abstain under Younger if four requirements are met: (1) a state-initiated proceeding is ongoing; (2) the proceeding implicates important state interests; (3) the federal plaintiff is not barred from litigating federal constitutional issues in the state proceeding; and (4) the federal court action would enjoin the proceeding or have the practical effect of doing so, i.e., would interfere with the state proceeding in a way that Younger disapproves. 14 15 16 17 Id. at 1092 (citations omitted). “Only in cases of proven harassment or prosecutions undertaken 18 by state officials in bad faith without hope of obtaining a valid conviction and perhaps in other 19 extraordinary circumstances where irreparable injury can be shown is federal injunctive relief 20 against pending state prosecutions appropriate.” Perez v. Ledesma, 401 U.S. 82, 85 (1971). 21 In the instant case, the court finds that all four requirements for exercising Younger 22 abstention are met. The state-initiated criminal proceeding against petitioner is still ongoing; the 23 proceeding implicates important state interests; to the extent petitioner may have federal 24 constitutional challenges, he is not barred from raising them in the state criminal proceeding; and 25 this court’s failure to abstain would directly interfere with the state proceeding. Furthermore, 26 petitioner has not alleged any facts demonstrating that his prosecution is the product of bad faith 27 or that other extraordinary circumstances warrant intervention. Accordingly, the court should 28 //// 2 Case 2:23-cv-00037-KJM-AC Document 3 Filed 01/17/23 Page 3 of 3 1 abstain from considering petitioner’s claims and dismiss them.1 2 3 Accordingly, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that the Clerk of the Court shall randomly assign a United States District Judge to this action. 4 IT IS FURTHER RECOMMENDED that: 5 1. Petitioner’s application for a writ of habeas corpus be dismissed without prejudice. 6 2. This court decline to issue the certificate of appealability referenced in 28 U.S.C. 7 § 2253. 8 9 These findings and recommendations are submitted to the United States District Judge assigned to the case, pursuant to the provisions of 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(l). Within twenty-one days 10 after being served with these findings and recommendations, petitioner may file written 11 objections with the court and serve a copy on all parties. Such a document should be captioned 12 “Objections to Magistrate Judge’s Findings and Recommendations.” If petitioner files objections, 13 he shall also address whether a certificate of appealability should issue and, if so, why and as to 14 which issues. See 28 U.S.C. § 2253(c)(2). Petitioner is advised that failure to file objections 15 within the specified time may waive the right to appeal the District Court’s order. Martinez v. 16 Ylst, 951 F.2d 1153 (9th Cir. 1991). 17 DATED: January 17, 2023 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 1 The court notes that this is petitioner’s second attempt to challenge the ongoing state prosecution at issue in this case. See James v. People of the State of California, No. 2:21-cv-1005 TLN DMC (E.D. Cal.). Petitioner’s previous petition sought relief on numerous grounds, including those articulated in the instant petition, and was dismissed on the ground that abstention under Younger was required. 3
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