United States District Court, W.D. Washington, Seattle
April 6, 2015
IBRAHIM ADAM, Petitioner,
STATE OF WASHINGTON, Respondent.
RICHARD A. JONES, District Judge.
United States Magistrate Judge Mary Alice Theiler issued a Report and Recommendation ("R&R") recommending that the court dismiss this habeas petition because it is premature.
The petition for relief is informal. Petitioner asserts that in a criminal prosecution in King County Superior Court, he was denied his right to a speedy trial and was forced to stand for trial when he was not competent to do so. Public records subject to judicial notice indicate that Petitioner was convicted at the end of January 2015.
As the R&R explains, Petitioner cannot pursue federal habeas relief until he has exhausted his remedies in state court. After the R&R issued, Petitioner filed a series of letters that the clerk has denominated as two motions. Dkt. ##8, 9. Those letters assert the same issues he raised in his informal petition, and they assert that he suffered further denials of his rights when he was sentenced in late February. It is plain that Petitioner, who is proceeding without an attorney, believes that this court can serve as a court of appeals. Petitioner is mistaken. This court can grant habeas relief only after he has exhausted (at a minimum) his appeals in the state court system. The court cannot consider his habeas claims at this time.
The court ADOPTS the R&R (Dkt. #7) and directs the clerk to DISMISS this habeas proceeding without prejudice.