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Cano v. Malfi

IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA


October 1, 2010

GABRIEL CANO, PETITIONER,
v.
ANTHONY MALFI, RESPONDENT.

The opinion of the court was delivered by: Timothy J Bommer United States Magistrate Judge

ORDER

On September 16, 2008, Petitioner filed what he deemed a "request for stay of abeyance" so Petitioner "may amend [his] complaint on two extra grounds . . . ." Pet'r's Req. 1, ECF No. 25. Although Petitioner claims to seek a stay and abeyance, Petitioner's request may also be construed as a motion to amend Petitioner's second amended petition to add the two additional grounds. See Haines v. Kerner, 404 U.S. 519, 520 (1972) (requiring district courts to liberally construe pro se petition). On October 6, 2008, Respondent filed an opposition to Petitioner's motion, arguing that: (1) the additional claims are untimely, Resp't's Opp'n 4-5, ECF No. 26; (2) the new claims do not relate back, id. at 5-6; and (3) the claims are meritless. Id. at 7-8. Petitioner did not file a reply.

Additional evidence is required to address Petitioner's request. Respondent only provides two exhibits: (1) a copy of Petitioner's state habeas petition, which raised the two additional claims, filed in the California Supreme Court, Resp't's Opp'n Ex. A; and (2) a website print out titled, "Docket (Register of Actions)," showing activity on Petitioner's California Supreme Court habeas petition. Resp't's Opp'n Ex. B. In the California Supreme Court habeas petition, Petitioner wrote that the Sacramento County Superior Court denied his state habeas petition on August 29, 2006. Resp't's Opp'n Ex. A, at 8. However, a copy of Petitioner's Superior Court habeas petition was not provided, and neither was the Superior Court order denying the habeas petition.*fn1

Likewise, the "Docket (Register of Actions)" shows the California Supreme Court received a document "regarding court of appeal filing for case #C053691." Resp't's Opp'n Ex. B, at 15. This "document" presumably refers to Petitioner's habeas petition filed in the California Court of Appeal. Id. However, a copy of the California Court of Appeal habeas petition was not provided, if any, and neither was the California Court of Appeal opinion deciding the habeas petition, if any.

IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that:

1. Respondent shall file a full copy of the Superior Court habeas petition;

2. Respondent shall file a copy of the Superior Court order deciding the habeas petition;

3. Respondent shall file a full copy of the California Court of Appeal habeas petition. If none, Respondent shall file a declaration affirming that Petitioner failed to file a habeas petition in the California Court of Appeal;

4. Respondent shall file a copy of the California Court of Appeal opinion deciding the habeas petition, if any; and

5. Respondent shall file the above documents within thirty days of the date of this order.


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