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Velasquez v. Sherman

United States District Court, E.D. California

August 2, 2016

RICARDO VELASQUEZ, Petitioner,
v.
STU SHERMAN, Warden, Respondents.

          ORDER GRANTING PETITIONER’S MOTION TO LIFT STAY (DOC. 13) ORDER REQUIRING RESPONDENT TO FILE A RESPONSE ORDER SETTING BRIEFING SCHEDULE ORDER DIRECTING CLERK OF COURT TO SERVE DOCUMENTS ON ATTORNEY GENERAL

          JENNIFER L. THURSTON UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE

         The petition filed in this case raises seven claims for relief. (Doc. 2). The Court stayed the action, at the petitioner’s request, to allow him to exhaust the six unexhausted claims. (Doc. 3). On March 2, 2016, Petitioner’s counsel filed a motion to lift the stay because all issues had finally been exhausted in state court. (Doc. 13). Because the unexhausted issues in the petition are now exhausted, the Court will life the stay and order Respondent to file a response.

         The Court has conducted a preliminary review of the Petition. It is not clear from the face of the Petition whether Petitioner is entitled to relief. 28 U.S.C. § 2243. Accordingly, pursuant to Rule 4 of the Rules Governing Section 2254 Cases and Rule 16 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, [1] the Court ORDERS:

1. Respondent SHALL file a response to the Petition1 within 60 days of the date of service of this order. See Rule 4, Rules Governing Section 2254 Cases; Cluchette v. Rushen, 770 F.2d 1469, 1473-1474 (9th Cir. 1985)(court has discretion to fix time for filing a response). A Response can be made by filing one of the following:
A. An answer addressing the merits of the Petition. Respondent SHALL include with the Answer any and all transcripts or other documents necessary for the resolution of the issues presented in the petition. See Rule 5, Rules Governing Section 2254 Cases. Any argument by Respondent that Petitioner has procedurally defaulted a claim SHALL be made in the answer, but must also address the merits of the claim asserted.
B. A motion to dismiss the petition. A motion to dismiss SHALL include copies of all Petitioner’s state court filings and dispositive rulings. See Rule 5, Rules Governing Section 2254 Cases.[2]
2. If Respondent files an answer to the petition, Petitioner may file a traverse within 30 days of the date Respondent’s answer is filed with the Court. If no traverse is filed, the petition and answer are deemed submitted at the expiration of the thirty days.
3. If Respondent files a motion to dismiss, Petitioner SHALL file an opposition or Statement of non-opposition within 21 days of the date Respondent’s motion is filed with the Court. If no opposition is filed, the motion to dismiss is deemed submitted at the expiration of the thirty days. Any reply to an opposition to the motion to dismiss SHALL be filed within 7 days after the opposition is served.
4. Unless already submitted, both Respondent and Petitioner SHALL complete and return to the Court within 30 days a consent/decline form indicating whether the party consents or declines to consent to the jurisdiction of the United States Magistrate Judge pursuant to Title 28 U.S.C. § 636(c)(1).
5. The Clerk of the Court is DIRECTED to serve a copy of this order on the Attorney General or her representative.

         All motions shall be submitted on the record and briefs filed without oral argument unless otherwise ordered by the Court. Local Rule 230(1). Extensions of time will only be granted upon a showing of good cause. All provisions of Local Rule 110 are applicable to this order.

         IT IS SO ORDERED.

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