United States District Court, Western District of Tennessee, Eastern Division
January 12, 2015
FREDERICK AVERY, Petitioner,
JAMES M. HOLLOWAY, Respondent.
ORDER TO MODIFY THE DOCKET AND TRANSFERRING PETITION PURSUANT TO 28 U.S.C. § 1406(a)
J. DANIEL BREEN CHIEF UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
On October 10, 2014, Petitioner, Frederick Avery, Tennessee Department of Correction prisoner number 225104, an inmate at the West Tennessee State Penitentiary (“WTSP”) in Henning, Tennessee, filed a pro se Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2241 (the “Petition”). (Pet., ECF No. 1.) In response to the Court’s order (Order, ECF No. 2), Avery filed a motion seeking leave to proceed in forma pauperis on December 19, 2014 (Appl. to Proceed in District Court Without Prepaying Fees or Costs (Short Form), ECF No. 7). In an order issued on December 23, 2014, the Court granted leave to proceed in forma pauperis. (Order, ECF No. 8.) The Clerk shall record the respondent as WTSP Warden James M. Holloway.
The proper venue for a § 2241 petition is the judicial district where the prisoner is confined or his custodian is located. Braden v. 30th Judicial Cir. Ct., 410 U.S. 484, 495-96 (1973); Welch v. United States, No. 14-1296-JDT-egb, 2015 WL 73588, at *4 (W.D. Tenn. Jan. 6, 2015). The WTSP is located in Lauderdale County, which is in the Western Division of this district. 28 U.S.C. § 123(c)(2).
Twenty-eight U.S.C. § 1406(a) states that “[t]he district court of a district in which is filed a case laying venue in the wrong division or district shall dismiss, or if it be in the interest of justice, transfer such case to any district or division in which it could have been brought.” It is in the interest of justice to transfer the Petition to the Western Division, where venue is proper. It is hereby ORDERED, pursuant to § 1406(a), that this case is TRANSFERRED, forthwith, to the Western Division of this district. The Clerk is DIRECTED to reassign the case to a judge sitting in that Division.
IT IS ORDERED.