United States District Court, W.D. Virginia, Roanoke Division
July 14, 2014
TINA MARIE WELLS, Petitioner,
GLEN E. CONRAD, Chief District Judge.
Tina Marie Wells, a Virginia inmate proceeding pro se, filed this petition for a writ of habeas corpus pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2241, apparently challenging her confinement under a judgment of a Virginia state court. In her petition, Wells alleges the following:
Ground one: Burden of Proof
Supporting FACTS: United States v. Robert L. Reed seventh circuit June 25, 1993. Legal Insanity. I did not understand it.
"Insanity" for purposes of defendant's insanity defense, was legal term; Courts of Appeals did not ask whether defendant was in sane by psychiatric or psychological standards but, rather asked only whether defendant had established insanity as defined by legal insanity Defense Reform Act 18 U.S.C. § 17.
(Pet. 3. ECF No. 1.)
Upon initial review of Wells' pleading, the court conditionally filed the petition and advised Wells that it could not discern a cognizable federal habeas claim from the allegations in her petition. The court directed Wells to submit a more definite statement of her claims within ten days. Wells did not respond.
Pursuant to Rules 1(a) and 4 of the Rules Governing Section 2254 Cases, the court must dismiss a habeas corpus petition "if it plainly appears from the petition and any attached exhibits that the petitioner is not entitled to relief.. Because Wells alleges no cognizable federal habeas corpus claim, the court finds that it plainly appears that she is not entitled to relief. Accordingly, the court dismisses this action without prejudice to Wells' opportunity to relief her petition.