IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
December 10, 2008
ROBERT HENRY, PETITIONER,
CHARLES D. MARSHALL, RESPONDENT.
Petitioner is a state prisoner seeking a writ of habeas corpus. See 28 U.S.C. § 2254. On November 18, 2008, at a hearing on petitioner's motion for substitute counsel and/or to proceed pro se, the court agreed to allow petitioner to proceed pro se in this action, and scheduled an evidentiary hearing to commence on January 27, 2009.
On December 5, 2008, petitioner filed a motion to reschedule the evidentiary hearing.*fn1
On December 9, 2008, respondent filed a notice of non-opposition to petitioner's motion, in which respondent "requests to be heard regarding the setting of any new hearing date and that the schedule for the filing of pre-hearing briefs be adjusted accordingly."
Because evidentiary hearings in habeas cases are to be held "as soon as practicable after giving the attorneys adequate time to investigate and prepare," the court indicated at the November 18 hearing -- and petitioner stated that he understood -- that petitioner would not be entitled to any continuances of the evidentiary hearing even though petitioner may have limited access to legal materials and other resources. Rule 8, 28 U.S.C. foll. § 2254. Nonetheless, because petitioner contends that he had no access to his personal property (including his legal materials) or to a law library from November 14, 2008 to December 2, 2008, and because respondent does not oppose petitioner's motion, it is ORDERED that petitioner's motion to reschedule the evidentiary hearing is granted. Accordingly, the evidentiary hearing currently scheduled for January 27, 2009, is continued to April 20, 2009, at 9:30 a.m. in Courtroom No. 25.*fn2 The deadline for respondent to file a brief is continued to January 23, 2009 and the deadline for petitioner to file a response thereto is continued to February 13, 2009.