United States District Court, D. Nevada
ANDREW P. GORDON, District Judge.
Petitioner has submitted applications to proceed in forma pauperis (#1, #3) and a petition for a writ of error coram nobis. The court finds that petitioner is unable to pay the filing fee.
Petitioner is challenging the validity of a judgment of conviction in the Eighth Judicial District Court of the State of Nevada, Case No. 03C193193, for one count of sexual assault upon a minor under sixteen (16) years of age and one count of attempted sexual assault upon a minor under sixteen (16) years of age. Petitioner invokes the All Writs Act, 28 U.S.C. § 1651, which allows the court to issue any writ necessary in the furtherance of its jurisdiction.
The All Writs Act is a residual source of authority to issue writs that are not otherwise covered by statute. Where a statute specifically addresses the particular issue at hand, it is that authority, and not the All Writs Act, that is controlling. Although that Act empowers federal courts to fashion extraordinary remedies when the need arises, it does not authorize them to issue ad hoc writs whenever compliance with statutory procedures appears inconvenient or less appropriate.
Pennsylvania Bureau of Corr. v. U.S. Marshals Serv., 474 U.S. 34, 42-43 (1985) (emphasis added). Petitioner is in custody pursuant to a judgment of conviction of a state court, and he is seeking release from that custody. The statute that addresses this issue is 28 U.S.C. § 2254. Consequently, this court lacks jurisdiction to issue a writ of error coram nobis to set aside a judgment of a state court. Casas-Castrillon v. Warden San Diego, Correctional Facility, 265 Fed.Appx. 639, 2008 WL 267335, 1 (9th Cir. 2008). See also Finkelstein v. Spitzer, 455 F.3d 131, 134 (2d Cir. 2006).
The court can construe the petition as a petition for a writ of habeas corpus pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2254, but it cannot yet consider the petition. Petitioner challenged the same judgment of conviction in Kille v. Donat, Case No. 3:06-cv-00492-LRH-VPC. The court dismissed that action because it was untimely pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2244(d). Petitioner appealed that dismissal. Both this court and the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit denied a certificate of appealability.
"[D]ismissal of a section 2254 habeas petition for failure to comply with the statute of limitations renders subsequent petitions second or successive for purposes of... 28 U.S.C. § 2244(b)." McNabb v. Yates, 576 F.3d 1028, 1030 (9th Cir. 2009). Petitioner must first obtain authorization from the court of appeals before this court can consider his petition. 28 U.S.C. § 2244(b)(3).
Petitioner has submitted a motion to extend prison copywork limit (#2). The court denies this motion because it is referring the action to the court of appeals.
IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED that the applications to proceed in forma pauperis (#1, #3) are GRANTED. Petitioner need not pay the filing fee of five dollars ($5.00).
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the motion to extend prison copywork limit (#2) is DENIED.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the clerk of the court shall file the petition for a writ of error coram nobis, which the court construes as a petition for a writ of habeas corpus pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2254.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the clerk shall add Catherine Cortez Masto, Attorney General for the State of Nevada, as counsel for respondents.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the clerk shall electronically serve respondents with a copy of the petition and a copy of this order. No response by respondents is necessary.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that, pursuant to Circuit Rule 22-3(a), the clerk of the court shall refer this action to the United States ...