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Grayson v. Attorney General

submitted*fn* seattle washington: July 27, 1992.

LEANDREW GRAYSON, PETITIONER-APPELLANT,
v.
ATTORNEY GENERAL OF THE STATE OF ARIZONA; HAL CARDEN, WARDEN, RESPONDENTS-APPELLEES.



Appeal from the United States District Court for the District of Arizona. D.C. No. CV-90-00915-EHC. Earl H. Carroll, District Judge, Presiding.

Before: Wright, Farris and Beezer, Circuit Judges.

MEMORANDUM

Grayson, an Arizona state prisoner, is serving sentences for three counts of aggravated assault and one count of misconduct involving a weapon. The state of Arizona moved to dismiss his habeas corpus petition. Grayson appeals pro se the district court's grant of summary judgment and dismissal of his petition.

Grayson's petition alleged that: (1) he should be eligible for parole; (2) his sentence was improperly enhanced; (3) state officials mishandled his application for a pardon; and (4) prison officials failed to provide proper care for his medical problems.

Grayson may have habeas relief if his incarceration violates the Constitution, laws or treaties of the United States. Estelle v. McGuire, 112 S. Ct. 475, 480 (1991). Yet his allegations regarding his eligibility for parole, his application for a pardon, and his sentencing require interpretation of Arizona state laws. The district court did not err in finding that these allegations raised questions of state law, not cognizable habeas corpus claims.

Grayson also alleged that prison officials failed to provide proper medical care. Because this claim does not challenge Grayson's conviction or seek relief from custody, the district court dismissed it from this habeas proceeding. The district court advised Grayson to file an action under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 if he wished to pursue the claim.

Yet the Supreme Court's decision in Wilwording v. Swenson, 404 U.S. 249, 251 (1971), instructs the district court to read this as a claim under § 1983. See Young v. Armontrout, 795 F.2d 55, 56 (8th Cir. 1986); Hansen v. May, 502 F.2d 728, 729-30 (9th Cir. 1974); Galligher v. McCarthy, 470 F.2d 740, 741 (9th Cir. 1972). The district court must therefore treat this portion of Grayson's petition on remand as a claim for relief under § 1983.

The district court's order is AFFIRMED in part, REVERSED in part, and REMANDED.

Disposition

The district court's order is AFFIRMED in part, REVERSED in ...


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