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Hull v. Orleans Parish Traffic Court

United States District Court, E.D. Louisiana

April 14, 2015

SAMUEL HULL,
v.
ORLEANS PARISH TRAFFIC COURT, Section:

REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION

DANIEL E. KNOWLES, III, District Judge.

Petitioner, Samuel Hull, is a state prisoner incarcerated at the Tensas Parish Detention Center in Waterproof, Louisiana. He filed this action claiming that he is subject to a detainer issued by the New Orleans Traffic Court due to outstanding traffic tickets. He requested that the Court order that the Traffic Court proceedings be quashed and that the detainer be removed.[1]

Because the allegations of the petition and the nature of the claims asserted therein were unclear, the undersigned held a conference in this matter on November 18, 2014. At that conference, petitioner explained that, as a result of the detainer, he is ineligible to participate in programs, such as the work-release program, at the Tensas Parish Detention Center. He further explained that he simply wanted his traffic tickets resolved, even if he was required to plead guilty to the traffic offenses.[2]

The undersigned then directed the New Orleans City Attorney to advise this Court in writing as to whether such a detainer had in fact been issued. The City Attorney was further directed to provide the Court with copies of the relevant records and an explanation as to what steps petitioner could take to resolve any outstanding tickets.[3]

The City Attorney provided the Court with the relevant records and an explanatory affidavit from Choirlor Branch. In that affidavit, Branch stated in pertinent part:

4. In my capacity as Minute Clerk for Division A of Traffic Court, I reviewed the traffic court's records regarding Samuel Hull and have determined that all of Mr. Hull's tickets have been completed via prescription/credit for time served and/or Nolle Prosequi.
5. The records further indicate that a previous detainer was placed on Mr. Hull. This detainer was removed in 2010.
6. There are no current detainers or any other open matter against Mr. Hull pending in traffic court.[4]

In light of the foregoing, it is clear that petitioner's outstanding traffic tickets have been resolved and that there is no longer an outstanding detainer issued against him by the New Orleans Traffic Court. Therefore, the result petitioner was seeking in this matter has now been obtained.

RECOMMENDATION

Accordingly, IT IS RECOMMENDED that petitioner's "Motion to Quash, " Rec. Doc. 3, be DENIED.

IT IS FURTHER RECOMMENDED that his federal habeas corpus petition be DISMISSED.

A party's failure to file written objections to the proposed findings, conclusions, and recommendation in a magistrate judge's report and recommendation within fourteen (14) days after being served with a copy shall bar that party, except upon grounds of plain error, from attacking on appeal the unobjected-to proposed factual findings and legal conclusions accepted by the district court, provided that the party has been served with notice that such consequences will result from a failure to object. 28 U.S.C. ยง 636(b)(1); Douglass v. United Services Auto. Ass'n, 79 F.3d 1415, 1430 (5th Cir. 1996) (en banc).[5]


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