Escalante v. Grounds

Filing 5

ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE; DENYING MOTION FOR LEAVE TO PROCEED IN FORMA PAUPERIS AS MOOT. The clerk shall serve by certified mail a copy of this order and thepetition and all attachments thereto on respondent and respondent's attorney, the Attorney Ge neral of the State of California. The clerk also shall serve a copy of this order on petitioner. Petitioner' s motion for leave to proceed in forma pauperis is DENIED as moot since petitioner has paid the filing fee. Motions terminated: 4 MOTION for Leave to Proceed in forma pauperis. Signed by Judge James Ware on 5/10/2010. (ecg, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 5/13/2010)

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA United United States District Court 11 For the Northern District of California DARRYL ANDRES ESCALANTE, Petitioner, vs. RANDY GROUNDS, Warden, Respondent. 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) No. C 10-00959 JW (PR) ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE; DENYING MOTION FOR LEAVE TO PROCEED IN FORMA PAUPERIS AS MOOT (Docket No. 4) Petitioner, a California inmate at the Correctional Training Facility in Soledad proceeding pro se, seeks a petition for a writ of habeas corpus pursuant to 28 U.S.C. 2254, challenging the 2007 decision by the Board of Parole Hearings (the "Board") finding petitioner unsuitable for parole. Petitioner has paid the filing fee. BACKGROUND According to the petition, petitioner was convicted of four counts of attempted murder with the use of a firearm. (Pet. at 6.) Petitioner was sentenced to life with the possibility of parole in state prison on August 23, 1999. On November 1, 2007, the Board found petitioner unsuitable for parole after his third parole consideration hearing. Petitioner challenged the Board's decision by filing habeas petitions in the state courts, Order to Show Cause P:\PRO-SE\SJ.JW\HC.10\Escalante00959_osc(parole).wpd 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 with the state high court denying review on February 10, 2010. Petitioner filed the instant federal petition on March 5, 2010. DISCUSSION A. Standard of Review This Court may entertain a petition for writ of habeas corpus "in behalf of a person in custody pursuant to the judgment of a state court only on the ground that he is in custody in violation of the Constitution or laws or treaties of the United States." 28 U.S.C. 2254(a); Rose v. Hodges, 423 U.S. 19, 21 (1975). A district court shall "award the writ or issue an order directing the respondent to show cause why the writ should not be granted, unless it appears from the application that the applicant or person detained is not entitled thereto." 28 U.S.C. 2243. B. Petitioner's Claims Petitioner seeks federal habeas corpus relief from the Board's November 1, 2007 decision finding him unsuitable for parole on the grounds that the decision was not supported by some evidence that petitioner poses a current risk to public safety. (Pet. at 6.) Liberally construed, petitioner's claim appears cognizable under 2254 and merits an answer from respondent. United States District Court 11 For the Northern District of California 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 CONCLUSION For the foregoing reasons and for good cause shown, 1. The clerk shall serve by certified mail a copy of this order and the petition and all attachments thereto on respondent and respondent's attorney, the Attorney General of the State of California. The clerk also shall serve a copy of this order on petitioner. 2. Respondent shall file with the court and serve on petitioner, within sixty (60) days of the issuance of this order, an answer conforming in all respects to Rule 5 of the Rules Governing Section 2254 Cases, showing cause why a writ of habeas corpus Order to Show Cause P:\PRO-SE\SJ.JW\HC.10\Escalante00959_osc(parole).wpd 2 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 should not be issued. Respondent shall file with the answer and serve on petitioner a copy of all portions of the state trial record that have been transcribed previously and that are relevant to a determination of the issues presented by the petition. If petitioner wishes to respond to the answer, he shall do so by filing a traverse with the court and serving it on respondent within thirty (30) days of his receipt of the answer. 3. Respondent may file a motion to dismiss on procedural grounds in lieu of an answer, as set forth in the Advisory Committee Notes to Rule 4 of the Rules Governing Section 2254 Cases. If respondent files such a motion, petitioner shall file with the court and serve on respondent an opposition or statement of non-opposition within thirty (30) days of receipt of the motion, and respondent shall file with the court and serve on petitioner a reply within fifteen (15) days of receipt of any opposition. 4. Petitioner is reminded that all communications with the court must be United States District Court 11 For the Northern District of California 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 served on respondent by mailing a true copy of the document to respondent's counsel. Petitioner must also keep the court and all parties informed of any change of address. 5. Petitioner's motion for leave to proceed in forma pauperis (Docket No. 4) is DENIED as moot since petitioner has paid the filing fee. This order terminates Docket No. 4. May 10, 2010 DATED: JAMES WARE United States District Judge Order to Show Cause P:\PRO-SE\SJ.JW\HC.10\Escalante00959_osc(parole).wpd 3 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA DARRYL A ESCALANTE, Petitioner, v. RANDY GROUNDS, Warden, Respondent. / Case Number: CV10-00959 JW CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE I, the undersigned, hereby certify that I am an employee in the Office of the Clerk, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California. 5/13/2010 , I SERVED a true and correct copy(ies) of the That on attached, by placing said copy(ies) in a postage paid envelope addressed to the person(s) hereinafter listed, by depositing said envelope in the U.S. Mail, or by placing said copy(ies) into an inter-office delivery receptacle located in the Clerk's office. Darryl Andres Escalante K-35540 Correctional Training Facility P. O. Box 689 Soledad, CA 93960-0689 Dated: 5/13/2010 /s/ By: Richard W. Wieking, Clerk Elizabeth Garcia, Deputy Clerk