UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
May 18, 2009
ARTHUR RAY JONES, PETITIONER,
SCHEDULE D.K. SISTO, WARDEN RESPONDENT.
The opinion of the court was delivered by: Dennis L. Beck United States Magistrate Judge
ORDER REQUIRING RESPONDENT TO FILE RESPONSE ORDER SETTING BRIEFING ORDER DIRECTING CLERK OF COURT TO SERVE DOCUMENTS ON ATTORNEY GENERAL
Petitioner is a state prisoner proceeding pro se with a petition for writ of habeas corpus pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2254.
The Court has conducted a preliminary review of the Petition. It is not clear from the face of the Petition whether Petitioner is entitled to relief. 28 U.S.C. § 2243. Accordingly, pursuant to Rule 4 of the Rules Governing Section 2254 Cases and Rule 16 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure,*fn1 the Court HEREBY ORDERS:
1. Respondent SHALL FILE a RESPONSE to the Petition*fn2 within SIXTY (60) days of the date of service of this order. See Rule 4, Rules Governing Section 2254 Cases; Cluchette v. Rushen, 770 F.2d 1469, 1473-1474 (9th Cir. 1985) (court has discretion to fix time for filing a response). A Response can be made by filing one of the following:
A. AN ANSWER addressing the merits of the Petition. Respondent SHALL INCLUDE with the Answer any and all transcripts or other documents necessary for the resolution of the issues presented in the Petition. See Rule 5, Rules Governing Section 2254 Cases. Any argument by Respondent that Petitioner has procedurally defaulted a claim SHALL BE MADE in the ANSWER, but must also address the merits of the claim asserted.
B. A MOTION TO DISMISS the Petition. A Motion to Dismiss SHALL INCLUDE copies of all Petitioner's state court filings and dispositive rulings. See Rule 5, Rules Governing Section 2254 Cases.*fn3
2. If Respondent files an Answer to the Petition, Petitioner MAY FILE a Traverse within THIRTY (30) days of the date Respondent's Answer is filed with the Court. If no Traverse is filed, the Petition and Answer are deemed submitted at the expiration of the thirty days.
3. If Respondent files a Motion to Dismiss, Petitioner SHALL FILE an Opposition or Statement of Non-Opposition within THIRTY (30) days of the date Respondent's Motion is filed with the Court. If no Opposition is filed, the Motion to Dismiss is deemed submitted at the expiration of the thirty days. Any Reply to an Opposition to the Motion to Dismiss SHALL be filed within EIGHT (8) days, plus three days for mailing.
4. Unless already submitted, both Respondent and Petitioner SHALL COMPLETE and RETURN to the Court within THIRTY (30) days a Consent/Decline form indicating whether the party consents or declines to consent to the jurisdiction of a the United States Magistrate Judge pursuant to Title 28 U.S.C. § 636(c)(1).
5. The Clerk of the Court is DIRECTED to SERVE a copy of this order on the Attorney General or his representative.
All motions shall be submitted on the record and briefs filed without oral argument unless otherwise ordered by the Court. Local Rule 78-230(h). Extensions of time will only be granted upon a showing of good cause. All provisions of Local Rule 11-110 are applicable to this order.
IT IS SO ORDERED.