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Wallace v. Small

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA


February 24, 2009

NATHANIEL WALLACE, PETITIONER,
v.
LARRY SMALL, WARDEN, RESPONDENT.

The opinion of the court was delivered by: Louisa S Porter United States Magistrate Judge

ORDER DENYING PETITIONER'S (1) REQUEST FOR RULING (2) MOTION TO ENFORCE DIRECT CONTEMPT, (3) PETITION FOR WRIT OF MANDATE, AND (4) MOTION FOR DEFAULT JUDGMENT

[Dkt. No. 17, 24, 26, & 28.]

Petitioner, a state prisoner proceeding pro se, submitted his First Amended Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus on August 5, 2008 pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2254. (Dkt. No. 3.)

On November 26, 2008 (dated nunc pro tunc on November 24, 2008), Petitioner filed a request for ruling. (Dkt. No. 17.) On January 24, 2009 (dated nunc pro tunc on December 30, 2008), Petitioner filed a motion to enforce direct contempt. (Dkt. No. 24.) On January 7, 2009 (dated nunc pro tunc on December 30, 2008), Petitioner filed a petition for writ of mandate. (Dkt. No. 26.) On January 22, 2009 (dated nunc pro tunc on January 20, 2009), Petitioner filed a motion for default judgment. (Dkt. No. 28.)

Petitioner's four motions refer to Respondent's purported failure to comply with this Court's August 25, 2008 Order.*fn1 In that Order, Petitioner was informed that his Petition failed to allege exhaustion as to his first claim and delineated three options available to him:

(1) demonstrate exhaustion; (2) voluntarily dismiss the Petition; and (3) formally abandon his unexhausted claims. (Dkt. No. 6 at 2-3.) Petitioner's second option provided for the voluntary dismissal of the Petition and a return to state court to exhaust his unexhausted claim. (Id. at 2.) If Petitioner pursued that option, he was required to file a pleading by September 10, 2008. Id. Per the Order, Respondent had the option to file a reply by September 25, 2008.*fn2 Id.

Petitioner alleges Respondent failed to file a reply by September 25, 2008. Petitioner, however, did not choose the second option and, instead, pursued the first option. That is, Petitioner demonstrated exhaustion to the satisfaction of the Court. (See Dkt. Nos. 7& 19.) Thus, Respondent was under no obligation to file a reply.

Based thereon, the Court hereby DENIES Petitioner's motions as moot.


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