IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
May 9, 2012
KEITH HUGH JENSEN, PETITIONER,
ROBERT J. HERNANDEZ, RESPONDENT.
Petitioner is a state prisoner proceeding pro se with a petition for a writ of habeas corpus pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2254. By order dated March 30, 2012, this court conditionally granted petitioner's application for habeas relief with respect to his claims of Faretta error and ineffective assistance of appellate counsel, and denied that application in all other respects. On April 27, 2012, petitioner filed a timely notice of appeal of the March 30, 2012 order. However, also on April 27, 2012, petitioner filed with this court a document styled "objections to the conclusion and order of United States Magistrate Judge and Request for Certificate of Appealability." (Doc. No. 51.) Therein, petitioner also requests reconsideration by this court of its March 30, 2012 order. (Doc. No. 51 at 8.) The court will construe this document filed by petitioner as a motion for reconsideration or to alter or amend the judgment pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 59(e).
On April 23, 2012, respondent filed a request for clarification of the March 30, 2012 order. The arguments of both parties in their respective motions concern this court's conditional grant of the writ with respect to petitioner's claims of Faretta error and ineffective assistance of appellate counsel.*fn1
After a review of the record and the motions of the parties, and good cause appearing therefor, IT IS ORDERED that:
1. Within fourteen days from the date of this order, both parties shall file a brief no longer than five pages in length addressing the effect of the recent decision of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in Becker v. Martel, No. 11-55749, 2012 WL 1498105 (9th Cir. Apr. 30, 2012)*fn2 , on the court's March 30, 2012 order.
2. After the court receives the parties' briefs, it will rule on petitioner's April 27, 2012 motion for reconsideration or to alter or amend the judgment and respondent's April 23, 2012 request for clarification.
3. The Clerk of Court is directed to send petitioner a copy of the unpublished Becker decision with his copy of this order.
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