Scott v. Guntharp et al

Filing 15

ORDER directing petitioner to file a brief within 30 days concerning the question set forth in this Order and directing the Respondent to file a reply brief within 20 days thereafter. Signed by Magistrate Judge Henry L. Jones, Jr on 11/24/09. (bkp)

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IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT EASTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS WESTERN DIVISION JAMES S. SCOTT vs. Case No. 4:07-CV-00032-BSM-HLJ PETITIONER G. DAVID GUNTHARP, Director Arkansas Department of Community Correction; WILLARD PROCTOR, JR., Circuit Judge, Sixth Judicial District RESPONDENTS ORDER In his reply to Respondent's argument that his claims are procedurally barred, Petitioner asserts ineffective assistance of counsel as the "cause" for his procedural default. The court directs Petitioner to brief the following question within thirty (30) days: Were the court to find there was sufficient cause for Petitioner's failure to litigate fully the ineffective assistance of counsel claims in his Rule 37 proceeding, what effect, if any, does the Arkansas Supreme Court's finding, and Petitioner's concession, that he could have raised these claims on direct appeal or in a motion for new trial have on this court's ability to reach the issues in the petition? Respondent's reply brief is due within twenty (20) days thereafter. SO ORDERED this 24th day of November, 2009. ____________________________ United States Magistrate Judge

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