IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
April 21, 2010
DANNIE RAY HILLHOUSE, PETITIONER,
ROBERT K. WONG, JR., RESPONDENT.
The opinion of the court was delivered by: Craig M. Kellison United States Magistrate Judge
DEATH PENALTY CASE
Petitioner, a state prisoner proceeding with appointed counsel, seeks a writ of habeas corpus pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2254.
It appears to the court that this case is about to enter Phase III. It is therefore appropriate to set a case management conference, a deadline for the answer to be filed, and a deadline for a new proposed budget. The parties may appear at the case management conference telephonically.
At the Phase III case management conference, the court will address briefing on the merits of the remaining claims presented in the amended petition. Merits briefing entails submission by both parties of comprehensive memoranda of points and authorities addressing the remaining claims. In preparation for the case management conference, the parties should consider whether the merits of any of the remaining claims can be resolved on the existing record without the need for fact development. The court will also address briefing on any motions for further factual development (i.e., discovery, record expansion, evidentiary hearing). The parties will be required to file case management conference statements addressing the above issues.
Accordingly, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that: 1. Respondent shall file an answer to the first amended petition (Doc. 42) on or before June 11, 2010;
2. Petitioner shall file, under seal, a proposed Phase III budget on or before May 14, 2010;
3. A case management conference is set for July 15, 2010, at 10:00 a.m. before the undersigned in Redding, California;
4. Case management conference statements shall be filed with the court on or before July 8, 2010; and
5. An ex parte budget conference between the court and Petitioner's counsel will follow the case management conference on July 15, 2010.
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