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Donald Roots v. Cate/Valenzuela

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


March 5, 2013

DONALD ROOTS, PETITIONER,
v.
CATE/VALENZUELA, RESPONDENTS.

The opinion of the court was delivered by: Kendall J. Newman United States Magistrate Judge

ORDER

On March 1, 2013, petitioner filed a document styled, "Notice of Motion for T.R.O., Preliminary and Permanent Injunctions."*fn1 (Dkt. No. 22.) Petitioner seeks a court order directing prison staff at California Men's Colony, specifically the education department, to stop screening his legal filings, to copy his documents in one day, and to stop impeding his ability to obtain three copies of the habeas corpus petition which petitioner prepared pursuant to this court's January 10, 2013 order.

Petitioner is advised that his filing is more appropriately construed as a request for extension of time to comply with the court's January 10, 2013 order. Moreover, petitioner is informed that the court only requires one original amended petition. Unless petitioner seeks to have a conformed copy of the amended petition returned to him, and he provides a stamped, self-addressed envelope for such return, the court only requires the filing of the original, with no additional copies.

Although this action began as a civil rights action, the court construed petitioner's filing as a petition for writ of habeas corpus by order filed January 10, 2013. (Dkt. No. 10.) Thus, pursuant to the form appended to petitioner's motion, petitioner should be allowed to make three copies of the filing. Petitioner shall present a copy of this order with his request to photocopy the amended petition. If prison officials again refuse to make an appropriate number of copies, petitioner shall file a request for assistance.

Accordingly, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that:

1. Petitioner's March 1, 2013 motion (dkt. no. 22) is partially granted; and

2. Petitioner is granted thirty days from the date of this order in which to file an amended petition.


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