United States District Court, S.D. Georgia
DUDLEY H. BOWEN, District Judge.
After a careful, de novo review of the file, the Court concurs with the Magistrate Judge's Report and Recommendation, to which objections have been filed (doc. no. 11). The Magistrate Judge recommended granting the motion to dismiss because Respondent produced a complete copy of Petitioner's judgment of conviction showing that he is validly incarcerated pursuant to a sentence imposed by United States District Judge Nina Gershon on April 13, 2009, in the Eastern District of New York. (See doc. no. 9.) Moreover, to the extent Petitioner seeks a sentence reduction based on a retroactive change to the Sentencing Guidelines found in Amendment 782, he must file that request in the Eastern District of New York. (See id.)
In his objections, Petitioner does not contest the validity of his incarceration or the existence of his judgment of conviction, a complete copy of which Respondent attached to his motion to dismiss after obtaining a limited unsealing order on February 11, 2015 that allowed for publication of the judgment in an otherwise sealed case. (See doc. no. 11; see also doc. no. 7, Exs. A & B.) Rather, Petitioner contends that because the Clerk of Court in the Eastern District of New York previously made two unsuccessful attempts to locate his underlying criminal case, he has no reason to believe that the Clerk will be able to locate his case should he now make a third attempt to file for a sentence reduction. The Court is confident that court personnel in New York will be able to locate Petitioner's criminal case and properly file his motion, in consideration of (1) the February 11, 2015 unsealing order; and (2) the contact information for the Assistant United States Attorney in the Eastern District of New York who is the sentence reduction response coordinator to whom Petitioner can send a copy of his sentence reduction request. Thus, the Court OVERRULES Petitioner's objections.
Accordingly, the Court ADOPTS the Report and Recommendation of the Magistrate Judge as its opinion and GRANTS Respondent's motion to dismiss the petition filed pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2241 (doe. no. 7). ...