Civil Action No. 9:17-CV-61.


United States District Court, E.D. Texas, Lufkin Division.

Editors Note
Applicable Law: 28 U.S.C. § 2254
Cause: 28 U.S.C. § 2254 Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus (State)
Nature of Suit: 530 Habeas Corpus (General)
Source: PACER

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Marcus Brandon Cartwright, Plaintiff, Pro Se.

Lorie Davis, Defendant, represented by Edward Larry Marshall , Office of the Attorney General.


KEITH F. GIBLIN, Magistrate Judge.

Petitioner, Marcus Brandon Cartwright, an inmate currently confined at the Segovia Unit with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Correctional Institutions Division, proceeding pro se, brings this petition for writ of habeas corpus pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2254.

The above-styled action was referred to the undersigned Magistrate Judge pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 636 and the Local Rules for the Assignment of Duties to the United States Magistrate Judge for findings of fact, conclusions of law, and recommendations for the disposition of the case.


Title 28 U.S.C. § 2254(a) allows a district court to "entertain an application for writ of habeas corpus in behalf of a person in custody pursuant to the judgment of a State court only on the ground that he is in custody in violation of the Constitution or laws or treaties of the United States." 28 U.S.C. § 2254(a). A state prisoner is required to file his federal petition for writ of habeas corpus in either the district where the prisoner is incarcerated or the district where the prisoner was convicted and sentenced. 28 U.S.C. § 2241(d). Although both district courts have jurisdiction to entertain the application, "[t]he district court for the district wherein such an application is filed in the exercise of its discretion and in furtherance of justice may transfer the application to the other district court for hearing and determination." Id.

In the present case, petitioner contests a disciplinary conviction while housed at the Segovia Unit which is located in the Southern District of Texas, McAllen Division. According to the petition, petitioner is still incarcerated at the Segovia Unit. This Court has discretion to transfer the application to the Southern District of Texas, McAllen Division for hearing and determination.1


The Court has considered the circumstances underlying the particular facts of this case and has determined that the interests of justice would be served by transferring this petition to the division where petitioner's disciplinary conviction took place. Therefore, the petition should be transferred to the McAllen Division of the Southern District of Texas for hearing and determination. An order transferring the case will be entered by the undersigned.


1. It would appear petitioner may have filed his § 2254 petition in the Eastern District of Texas, Lufkin Division, as this was the District and Division of his original criminal conviction.


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