IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
September 1, 2010
EDWARD L. MERAS, PETITIONER,
D.K. SISTO RESPONDENT.
The opinion of the court was delivered by: John M. Dixon hlked United States Magistrate Judge
ORDER APPOINTMENT OFFICE OF FEDERAL DEFENDER
Petitioner is a state prisoner, appealing the Court's denial of his petition for writ of habeas corpus.
On August 31, 2010, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit sua sponte appointed counsel for Petitioner in this matter. (Court Doc. 31.) The Court of Appeals' order directed this Court to appoint counsel and send notification of counsel to the Court of Appeals within fourteen (14) days of locating counsel. Pursuant to 18 U.S.C. § 3006A(a)(2)(B), a Magistrate Judge may appoint counsel at any stage of a habeas corpus proceeding if the interests of justice so require and Petitioner is financially eligible. Accordingly, the Court will appoint the Office of the Federal Defender to represent Petitioner.
IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that:
1. The Federal Defender is appointed to represent Petitioner;
2. The Clerk of Court is directed to serve a copy of Petitioner's habeas corpus application, a copy of this Order, and the Ninth Circuit's August 31, 2010, order, (Court Doc. 31) on the Office of the Federal Defender;
3. Once appointed, Petitioner's counsel shall contact the Clerk's Office to make arrangements for copies of other documents in the file; and
4. Within fourteen days of counsel's appointment, the Clerk's Office shall email the Ninth Circuit at firstname.lastname@example.org with the name, address, and telephone number of appointed counsel.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
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