Case No. 17-cv-02551-VC (PR).


United States District Court, N.D. California.

Editors Note
Applicable Law: 28 U.S.C. § 1361
Cause: 28 U.S.C. § 1361 Petition for Writ of Mandamus
Nature of Suit: 540 Mandamus & Other
Source: PACER

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Steven Wayne Bonilla, Plaintiff, Pro Se.


Re: Dkt. Nos. 3, 4

VINCE CHHABRIA, District Judge.

Plaintiff Steven Wayne Bonilla, a state inmate, has filed a pro se petition for a writ of mandamus requesting that this Court order the California Supreme Court to issue an order to show cause in his state habeas proceeding and he presents an argument for the granting of his habeas petition. Bonilla also moves for leave to proceed in forma pauperis. Bonilla has been disqualified from proceeding in forma pauperis under 28 U.S.C. § 1915(g) unless he is "under imminent danger of serious physical injury" at the time he filed his complaint. 28 U.S.C. 1915(g); In re Steven Bonilla, No. C 11-3180 CW (PR); Bonilla v. Dawson, No. C 13-0951 CW (PR).

The allegations in this complaint do not show that Bonilla was in imminent danger at the time of filing. Therefore, his motion to proceed in forma pauperis is denied. Furthermore, he may not proceed even if he pays the filing fee because this court lacks jurisdiction to issue a writ of mandamus. See 28 U.S.C. §§ 1361; 1651. Section 1361 provides, "[t]he district courts shall have original jurisdiction of any action in the nature of mandamus to compel an officer or employee of the United States or any agency thereof to perform a duty owed to the plaintiff." Id. The California Supreme Court is not an agency of the United States.

Furthermore, the relief Plaintiff seeks pertains to his ongoing attempts to invalidate his conviction. Therefore, such claims, if raised, must be brought by Bonilla's counsel in his pending federal habeas corpus action, Bonilla v. Ayers, No. C 08-0471 YGR (PR).

Accordingly, this action is dismissed with prejudice because amendment would be futile. The Clerk of the Court shall enter a separate judgment and close the file.



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