The opinion of the court was delivered by: Gregory G. Hollows United States Magistrate Judge
A joint scheduling statement in this matter was filed on February 9, 2010, pursuant to the court's order filed October 30, 2009.*fn1 After reviewing the joint statement, the court issues the following ORDERS:
1. Petitioner has until May 13, 2010, either to file supplemental points and authorities in support of the original petition or to file an amended petition. Should petitioner elect to proceed on the original petition or an amended petition of exhausted claims only, respondent must file an answer or dispositive motion within 60 days after petitioner's filing; petitioner must file any reply or opposition, as appropriate, within 28 days of service of respondent's responsive pleading; if respondent filed a motion, respondent will have 14 days after service of an opposition to file a reply.
2. Should petitioner identify unexhausted claims which petitioner will seek to exhaust, petitioner shall file an amended petition, on or before May 13, 2010, setting forth all claims, exhausted and unexhausted, and shall demonstrate good cause for having failed to exhaust state court remedies as to any claim which petitioner would seek to exhaust. Petitioner shall move the court to hold the proceedings in abeyance pending exhaustion of state court remedies as to the unexhausted claims on or before May 13, 2010; if a stay is ultimately granted, petitioner must immediately pursue state court exhaustion, that is, within 28 days of the granting of a stay, and, upon said exhaustion in state court, within 28 days, proceed upon the amended petition in federal court.
3. Should respondent object to any motion for a stay of proceedings by petitioner to pursue unexhausted claims, respondent must file any opposition to such a motion within 28 days of service thereof; thereafter, petitioner has 14 days to file any reply.
4. If petitioner intends to make a motion for leave to conduct discovery under the Rules Governing Section 2254 Cases, Rule 6(a), petitioner must do so within 28 days after petitioner files his traverse/reply; if respondent opposes any such motion respondent must do so within 14 days thereafter; petitioner's reply, if any, must be filed within seven (7) days of any opposition by respondent.
5. If petitioner chooses to move for an evidentiary hearing, petitioner must do so at the earliest appropriate opportunity, but by no later than 28 days following the filing of a traverse/reply; should petitioner file a motion for an evidentiary hearing, if respondent anticipates opposing any such motion, respondent must file any opposition within 28 days of service ...