IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
January 22, 2009
CARL MONTIGUE LEWIS, PETITIONER,
DAVID L. RUNNELS, RESPONDENT.
Petitioner is a state prisoner proceeding through counsel with this application for a writ of habeas corpus pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2254. One of petitioner's claims for relief is that his conviction must be reversed because the prosecutor exercised peremptory challenges to strike two jurors on the basis of race, in violation of Batson v. Kentucky, 476 U.S. 79 (1986). That claim has been set for evidentiary hearing on February 2, 2009.
On January 14, 2009, petitioner filed a motion for discovery, in which he requests that respondent produce: (1) completed juror questionnaires for prospective jurors on petitioner's jury panel who were not seated for trial, and (2) all personal notes written by the prosecutor regarding jury selection and individual jurors, including notes relating to juror questionnaires and "questions asked of, and answers given by prospective jurors during voir dire." Points and Authorities in Support of Motion for Discovery, at 3. In response to petitioner's motion for discovery, respondent's counsel informs the court that the prosecutor has searched the relevant files and has determined that no such documents exist. Response to Motion for Discovery, at 2. Respondent states that "there is simply nothing to discover." Id.
Good cause appearing, it is hereby ORDERED that, within seven days from the date of this order, respondent shall file a certification to that effect.*fn1 The certification shall be signed under penalty of perjury.