UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT CENTRAL DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
January 3, 2012
MICHAEL ANTHONY FLORES, AKA JIMMY FLORES, PETITIONER,
The opinion of the court was delivered by: Dolly M. Gee United States District Judge
ORDER ACCEPTING FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDATION OF UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 636, the Court has reviewed the first amended petition, records on file, and the Report and Recommendation of the United States Magistrate Judge. The Court accepts the findings and recommendation of the Magistrate Judge.
Petitioner pled no contest to various crimes and was sentenced to 22 years in prison. (Report at 2.) There is no indication Petitioner appealed his conviction or filed any habeas petitions in California. (Id.) The Report recommended dismissal of the instant petition without prejudice for failure to exhaust state remedies. (Report at 4.)
On December 15, 2011, Petitioner filed a letter in which he stated, "I do understand now that I should have exhausted all my state remedies." He also stated, "I would like to know what it is I need to do and what Court I need to address at this stage of my petition." As the Report explained, to exhaust state remedies, Petitioner must present his claims to the California Supreme Court. (Report at 3.) Thus, at a minimum, Petitioner must file a habeas petition with the California Supreme Court.*fn1
IT IS ORDERED that judgment be entered denying the petition and dismissing this action without prejudice.