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Joe Loredo v. Connie Gipson

March 25, 2013

JOE LOREDO,
PETITIONER,
v.
CONNIE GIPSON, RESPONDENT.



The opinion of the court was delivered by: Barbara A. McAuliffe United States Magistrate Judge

FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDATION REGARDING PETITION FOR WRIT OF HABEAS CORPUS [ECF No. 1]

Petitioner is proceeding pro se with a petition for writ of habeas corpus pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2254.

On February 11, 2013, Petitioner filed the instant petition for writ of habeas corpus in the Sacramento Division of this Court. On February 19, 2013, the petition was transferred to the Fresno Division.

In the petition, Petitioner claims the application of California Penal Code § 2933.6 by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation ("CDCR") with respect to his gang validation violates the Ex Post Facto Clause. Further, he alleges the application of California Penal Code § 2933.6 to his sentence violates the terms of his plea agreement.

Petitioner sought review for his claims in the Tulare County Superior Court, California Court of Appeal, Fifth Appellate District, and California Supreme Court. See Petition at 3.

DISCUSSION

A. Preliminary Review of Petition

Rule 4 of the Rules Governing Section 2254 Cases provides in pertinent part: If it plainly appears from the petition and any attached exhibits that the petitioner is not entitled to relief in the district court, the judge must dismiss the petition and direct the clerk to notify the petitioner.

The Advisory Committee Notes to Rule 8 indicate that the court may dismiss a petition for writ of habeas corpus, either on its own motion under Rule 4, pursuant to the respondent's motion to dismiss, or after an answer to the petition has been filed. See Herbst v. Cook, 260 F.3d 1039 (9th Cir. 2001). A petition for habeas corpus should not be dismissed without leave to amend unless it appears that no tenable claim for relief can be pleaded were such leave granted. Jarvis v. Nelson, 440 F.2d 13, 14 (9th Cir. 1971).

B. Standard of Review

Where a petitioner files his federal habeas petition after the effective date of the

Anti--Terrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act ("AEDPA"), he can prevail only if he can show that the state court's adjudication of his claim:

(1) resulted in a decision that was contrary to, or involved an unreasonable application of, clearly established Federal law, as determined by the Supreme Court of the United States; or

(2) resulted in a decision that was based on an unreasonable determination of the facts in light of the evidence ...


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