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Condon v. Hughes

United States District Court, E.D. California

May 8, 2014

JULIE A. CONDON, Petitioner,
v.
KIMBERLY HUGHES[1], Warden, Respondent.

ORDER GRANTING PETITIONER'S MOTION TO AMEND AND FILE SECOND AMENDED PETITION [Doc. #25] ORDER DISMISSING GROUND SIX FROM THE SECOND AMENDED PETITION ORDER DENYING MOTION FOR EVIDENTIARY HEARING [Doc. #23]

GARY S. AUSTIN, Magistrate Judge

Petitioner is a state prisoner proceeding pro se with a petition for writ of habeas corpus pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2254. She has consented to the jurisdiction of the Magistrate Judge pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 636(c).

BACKGROUND

Petitioner is in custody of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation at the California Institute for Women in Corona, California, pursuant to a 2011 conviction sustained in Tuolumne County Superior Court for transportation and sale of heroin, transportation and importation of methamphetamine, and three counts of simple possession. On June 29, 2011, she was sentenced to serve fifteen years and eight months in state prison.

Following a stay of the proceedings, on April 23, 2014, Petitioner filed a motion to amend, a motion for evidentiary hearing, and a Second Amended Petition. The Second Amended Petition presents the following six claims for relief: (1) Prosecutorial misconduct based on a failure to disclose exculpatory evidence in a timely manner; (2) Use of evidence obtained by illegal search and seizure; (3) Ineffective assistance of counsel by both trial counsel and appellate counsel; (4) Use of perjured or false evidence by police officer; (5) Bias on the part of the trial judge; and (6) Jury failure to follow instructions.

DISCUSSION

I. Motion to Amend

Pending before the Court is Petitioner's motion to amend the petition following exhaustion of state remedies. The Court's order of March 26, 2014, granted Petitioner leave to file a Second Amended Petition. Along with her motion to amend, Petitioner has filed her Second Amended Petition. Accordingly, Petitioner's motion to amend is granted.

II. 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).

III. Failure to State a Cognizable Federal Claim - Ground Six

In the sixth ground for relief, Petitioner claims the jury failed to follow instructions by failing to fully review all of the facts. Petitioner cites Jury Instruction #301 which requires that before the jury can conclude that the testimony of one witness proves a fact, the jury should carefully review all of the evidence. See Second Amended Pet., Ex. B. Petitioner notes that the jury made only one written request with the trial court and that was for the testimony of witness Kyna Kulp. Id ...


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