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Mountford v. People

United States District Court, C.D. California

November 8, 2019

David G. Mountford
v.
The People

          Present: The Honorable KENLY KIYA KATO, UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE

          CIVIL MINUTES-GENERAL

         Proceedings: (In Chambers) Order to Show Cause Why this Action Should Not Be Dismissed as Untimely

         I. INTRODUCTION

         Petitioner David Mountford (“Petitioner”) has filed a pro se Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus (“Petition”) pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2254. It appears, however, the Petition is subject to dismissal as untimely. The Court will provide Petitioner an opportunity to address this issue before making a final determination regarding whether the Petition should be dismissed.

         II. BACKGROUND

         A. STATE COURT PROCEEDINGS

         On December 4, 2014, Petitioner pleaded nolo contendere to the charge of evading an officer in violation of section 2800.2(a) of the California Vehicle Code. Dkt. 1, Pet. at 2. The trial court sentenced Petitioner to five years in prison. Id.

         On May 24, 2018, Petitioner filed an appeal in the California Court of Appeal.[1] Dkt. 1, Pet. at 3-4; Cal. Courts, Appellate Courts Case Info., Docket, https://appellatecases.courtinfo.ca.gov/ search/case/dockets.cfm?dist=42&docid=2253106&docno=E070602&requesttoken=NiIwLSI kTkg%2BWzAtSCNdSEtIUDw6UlxbJCJeXzpTUCAgCg%3D%3D (last updated Nov. 8, 2019 at 11:41 AM). On August 28, 2018, the California Court of Appeal dismissed the appeal at Petitioner's request. Dkt. 1, Pet. at 3-4 (stating appeal was “abandoned”); Cal. Courts, Appellate Courts Case Info., Docket, https://appellatecases.courtinfo.ca.gov/search/case/dockets.cfm?dist=42&doc id=2253106&docno=E070602&requesttoken=NiIwLSIkTkg%2BWzAtSCNdSEtIUDw6UlxbJCJ eXzpTUCAgCg%3D%3D (last updated Nov. 8, 2019 at 11:41 AM).

         On November 29, 2018, Petitioner filed a petition for review in the California Supreme Court appealing “the abandonment of the appeal.” Dkt. 1, Pet. at 3; Cal. Courts, Appellate Courts Case Info., Docket, https://appellatecases.courtinfo.ca.gov/search/case/dockets.cfm?dist= 0&docid=2270676&docno=S252590&requesttoken=NiIwLSIkTkg%2BWzAtSCMtWEpIQEA 0UDxTJiI%2BUzNTMCAgCg%3D%3D (last updated Nov. 8, 2019 at 11:41 AM). On Jan 2, 2019, the California Supreme Court summarily denied review. Dkt. 1, Pet. at 3; Cal. Courts, Appellate Courts Case Info., Docket, https://appellatecases.courtinfo.ca.gov/search/case/dockets.cfm?dist= 0&docid=2270676&docno=S252590&requesttoken=NiIwLSIkTkg%2BWzAtSCMtWEpIQEA 0UDxTJiI%2BUzNTMCAgCg%3D%3D (last updated Nov. 8, 2019 at 11:41 AM).

         On October 10, 2018, Petitioner filed a habeas petition in the superior court, raising the following claims: (1) “not advised of adverse legal consequences of plea”; (2) “requesting a certificate of probable cause.” Dkt. 1, Pet. at 3-4. On October 10, 2018, the superior court denied the petition. Id.

         On November 10, 2018, Petitioner filed a habeas petition in the California Court of Appeal raising the same two claims. Dkt. 1, Pet. at 4. On February 6, 2019, the California Court of Appeal denied the petition. Id.

         On March 15, 2019, Petitioner filed a habeas petition in the California Supreme Court raising the same two claims. Dkt. 1, Pet. at 4.[2] On July 10, 2019, the California Supreme Court denied the petition with the following citations: “See In re Robbins (1998) 18 Cal.4th 770, 780 [courts will not entertain habeas corpus claims that are untimely]; People v. Villa (2009) 45 Cal.4th 1063, 1066 [habeas corpus relief is unavailable where the petitioner is not in the custody of California authorities as a result of the challenged conviction].” Dkt. 1, Pet. at 4-5; Cal. Courts, Appellate Courts Case Info., Docket, https://appellatecases.courtinfo.ca.gov/search/case /dockets.cfm?dist=0&docid=2284954&docno=S255489&requesttoken=NiIwLSIkTkg%2BWz AtSCMtVElJQEA0UDxTJiNOVzJRICAgCg%3D%3D (last updated Nov. 8, 2019 at 11:41 AM).

         Petitioner states he has been “released” from the custodial sentence imposed for the December 2014 conviction. Dkt. 1, Pet. at 2.

         B. FEDERAL ...


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