UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
February 8, 2010
JEFFREY SCOTT SARGENT, PETITIONER,
I.D. CLAY, WARDEN RESPONDENT.
The opinion of the court was delivered by: Honorable N. Randy Smith Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
Petitioner Sargent is a state prisoner proceeding pro se with a petition for writ of habeas corpus pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2254. Sargent challenges the decision by the California Board of Parole (CPB) finding him unsuitable for parole. After Sargent's petition, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals granted rehearing en banc in Hayward v. Marshall, 512 F.3d 536 (9th Cir. 2008), reh'g en banc granted, 527 F.3d 797 (9th Cir. 2008), which may directly impact Sargent's petition. Accordingly, on January 6, 2010, this court ordered the parties to show cause why this action should not be administratively stayed pending the Ninth Circuit's resolution of Hayward.
Respondent filed his response on January 7, 2010, and Petitioner filed his response on January 20, 2010. Respondent agrees that the matter should be stayed pending the outcome of Hayward. Petitioner, however, argues that, notwithstanding the pendency of Hayward, this court should act on his petition, because the primary issue is the plea bargain that he entered into.
However, the CPB has found Petitioner unsuitable for parole and the issues raised in his petition involve the sufficiency of evidence to support the state's denial of his parole, notwithstanding the plea bargain. The decision in Hayward could directly impact his claim. Accordingly, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that this action be administratively stayed pending the Ninth Circuit's decision in Hayward v. Marshall, 512 F.3d 536 (9th Cir. 2008).
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