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Thompson v. Sacramento Municipal Court

United States District Court, Ninth Circuit

June 28, 2013

CHRISTOPHER D. THOMPSON, Petitioner,
v.
SACRAMENTO MUNICIPAL COURT, Respondent.

ORDER

ALLISON CLAIRE, Magistrate Judge.

Petitioner, a state prisoner proceeding pro se, has filed an application for a writ of habeas corpus pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2254 together with a request to proceed in forma pauperis pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1915. Petitioner has consented to the jurisdiction of the undersigned. ECF No. 4.

Petitioner has submitted a declaration that makes the showing required by § 1915(a). Accordingly, the request to proceed in forma pauperis will be granted. 28 U.S.C. § 1915(a).

The exhaustion of state court remedies is a prerequisite to the granting of a petition for writ of habeas corpus. 28 U.S.C. § 2254(b)(1). If exhaustion is to be waived, it must be waived explicitly by respondent's counsel. 28 U.S.C. § 2254(b)(3).[1] A waiver of exhaustion, thus, may not be implied or inferred. A petitioner satisfies the exhaustion requirement by providing the highest state court with a full and fair opportunity to consider all claims before presenting them to the federal court. Picard v. Connor , 404 U.S. 270, 276 (1971); Middleton v. Cupp , 768 F.2d 1083, 1086 (9th Cir. 1985), cert. denied, 478 U.S. 1021 (1986). See also Larche v. Simons , 53 F.3d 1068, 1071-72 (9th Cir. 1995) (California misdemeanor defendants, whose original challenges to the conviction are concluded before reaching the state Supreme Court, must present their constitutional claims to the state Supreme Court in a habeas petition in order to exhaust claims for federal habeas purposes).

After reviewing the petition for habeas corpus, the court finds that petitioner has failed to exhaust state court remedies. The claims have not been presented to the California Supreme Court. See ECF No. 1 at 5-6. Further, there is no allegation that state court remedies are no longer available to petitioner. Accordingly, the petition should be dismissed without prejudice.[2]

Good cause appearing, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that:

1. Petitioner is granted leave to proceed in forma pauperis;

2. The Clerk of the Court is directed to serve a copy of these findings and recommendations together with a copy of the petition filed in the instant case on the Attorney General of the State of California; and

3. Petitioner's application for a writ of habeas corpus is dismissed for failure to exhaust state remedies.


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