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Orbaker v. United States

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT WESTERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK


January 9, 2009

TRENT D. ORBAKER, PETITIONER,
v.
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, RESPONDENT.

The opinion of the court was delivered by: William M. Skretny United States District Judge

DECISION and ORDER

Petitioner, Trent D. Orbacker, who was convicted upon a plea of guilty to a violation of 18 U.S.C. § 3141 and sentenced to a term of imprisonment of 18 months and a three year term of supervised release, United States v. Orbaker, 08-CR-0172S, and is currently scheduled to report to the United States Bureau of Prisons on January 13, 2009, has filed a petition for a writ of habeas corpus pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2241. (Docket No. 1, 09-CV-008S). Plaintiff alleges, as best the Court can discern from the pro se petition, that this Court lacked jurisdiction over him in the criminal prosecution. In support of his allegation, Plaintiff contends that Public Law, 80-772, when originally enacted, and now codified as 18 U.S.C. § 3231,*fn1 was not published in the Federal Register and therefore was not properly enacted. Petitioner further alleges that a criminal complaint supported by probable cause was not filed in this criminal prosecution as required by Fed.R.Crim.P. 3. Petitioner also seeks a stay of execution of his sentence.

IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that:

1. Petitioner's request for a stay of execution of his sentence is denied.*fn2

2. Within 21 days of the service of this order, respondent shall file and serve an answer to the application with the Clerk of Court which shall respond to the allegations of the petition. Alternatively, in the appropriate case, respondent may file a motion to dismiss the petition, accompanied by pertinent exhibits which demonstrate that an answer to the petition is unnecessary, by no later than 21 days from service of this order.

Respondent also shall file and serve by the above date a memorandum of law with the Clerk of Court addressing each of the issues raised in the petition and including citations of relevant supporting authority. Respondent is directed to address specifically whether or not the instant petition was properly filed as one under 28 U.S.C. § 2241, as opposed to 28 U.S.C. § 2255.

Petitioner shall have 10 days upon receipt of the answer to file a written response to the answer and memorandum of law (or motion to dismiss).

3. The Clerk of Court shall serve a copy of the petition, together with a copy of this order, by certified mail, upon the Acting United States Attorney for the Western District of New York, Federal Center, 138 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo, New York 14202.

SO ORDERED.


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