June 18, 2013
CARLOS ROSARIO GONZALES, Petitioner,
ORDER DISMISSING ACTION
VIRGINIA A. PHILLIPS, District Judge.
The Court vacates the reference to the magistrate judge and dismisses Petitioner's defective state habeas action.
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Petitioner Gonzales, an inmate at Calipatria prison, recently filed a motion requesting an extension of time within which to file a habeas corpus petition. He does not have an active case on file in this district. Indeed, his filing is apparently an attempt to extend the deadline to file a future petition challenging his state court criminal conviction. This procedure does not comply with the rules of this Court, so his action must be dismissed.
According to the motion, the California Court of Appeal recently affirmed petitioner's criminal conviction. Petitioner contends that there was an error regarding the consideration of a "strike" during his sentencing. However, it is not clear what his crimes of conviction were or what constitutional error he wishes to assert on habeas review.
Petitioner has not filed an actual habeas petition, nor has he filed any other materials with this Court in connection with his case. As a result, Petitioner failed to comply with the Rules Governing Section 2254 Cases in the United States District Courts. Rule 2(d) expressly requires that a state prisoner commence a habeas action by using a standard form prepared by the Court. In our district, prisoners must complete Form CV-69. That form provides the Court with basic information about the petitioner, his conviction, the prior status of his case in state and federal court, and, most importantly, the federal constitutional claims he wishes to pursue here.
A state prisoner must begin his case by filing a petition for a writ of habeas corpus. Petitioner's request for an extension to file his federal habeas petition - in the absence of a properly filed petition - is inadequate and premature. If he files an action after the statutory deadline, Petitioner may be entitled to request equitable tolling of the limitations period. However, at this stage, the Court cannot extend the habeas filing as Petitioner requests.
Therefore, this action is DISMISSED without prejudice. For Petitioner's convenience, the Clerk is directed to send him a blank Form CV-69 with a copy of this Order.
IT IS SO ORDERED.