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Cooper v. Woodford

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA


August 3, 2010

AARON LYNDALE COOPER, PETITIONER/PLAINTIFF,
v.
JEANNA WOODFORD, ET AL., RESPONDENTS/DEFENDANTS.

The opinion of the court was delivered by: Sandra M. Snyder United States Magistrate Judge

ORDER DENYING MOTIONS

(Docs. 10 and 11)

On June 15, 2010, Aaron L. Cooper, a state prisoner proceeding pro se, filed a petition for writ of habeas corpus and a motion seeking the appointment of counsel in the Sacramento Division of the Eastern District of California. The action was transferred to this division on June 22, 2010, and on July 20, 2010, the Court issued an order striking Plaintiff's petition and motion for lack of signature. Fed. R. Civ. P. 11(a); Local Rule 131(b). Further, because the Sacramento Division construed Plaintiff's petition as a civil rights complaint, the Court provided Plaintiff notice of the differences between the two types of action, provided Plaintiff with a form petition and a form complaint, and ordered Plaintiff to file one or the other within thirty days.

On July 19, 2010, Plaintiff filed a motion seeking to have this action treated as one seeking habeas relief, as was his intention evidenced by the filing of a habeas petition.*fn1 On July 29, 2010, Plaintiff filed a request seeking to have the Court vacate its order striking his petition and allow the action to proceed. Plaintiff reiterated his desire to pursue habeas relief.*fn2

Although Plaintiff contends otherwise, his habeas petition was not signed. The Court cannot consider an unsigned filing. Therefore, Plaintiff's motion to vacate the order striking his petition is denied.*fn3 The Court acknowledges Plaintiff's stated intent to pursue habeas relief. His remedy is to file a signed habeas petition in compliance with the Court's order of July 20, 2010. The failure to comply with the order will result in dismissal of this action.

Accordingly, Plaintiff's motions are HEREBY DENIED.

IT IS SO ORDERED.


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