Amon Morrison v. Jeff Macomber
ORDER ACCEPTING FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDATION OF UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE by Judge George H. Wu for Report and Recommendation 21 . (SEE ORDER FOR FURTHER DETAILS) IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED that respondents Motion to Dismiss 10 is granted, and Judgment will be entered denying the Petition and dismissing this action with prejudice. (iva)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
CENTRAL DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
JEFF MACOMBER, Warden,
Case No. CV 16-68-GW (SP)
ORDER ACCEPTING FINDINGS AND
RECOMMENDATION OF UNITED
STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 636, the Court has reviewed the Petition, records on
19 file, and the Report and Recommendation of the United States Magistrate Judge.
20 Further, the Court has engaged in a de novo review of those portions of the Report to
21 which petitioner has objected.
With his Objections, petitioner submitted additional documents that indicate
23 attorney Sammy Weiss may indeed have been retained to file a habeas petition for
24 petitioner, although the documents do not clearly reveal why he did not do so.
25 Attachment 1 to the Objections (which was also Exhibit 1 to the Opposition to the
26 Motion to Dismiss) is an email from firstname.lastname@example.org stating Weiss’s
27 last date of service (to an unspecified person who may or may not have been
28 petitioner) was in July 2015. Attachment 2 to the Objections (which is new) is a
1 letter from Weiss himself stating he was hired by petitioner to “handle his Appeal
2 and Habeas Corpus,” and represented him from May 2013 to May 2015. The other
3 attachments to the Objections do not address the date Weiss’s period of retention
Even if Weiss actually promised to file a habeas petition for petitioner and
6 failed to do so, and even assuming this constituted abandonment, petitioner still has
7 made no showing he pursued his rights diligently so as to warrant equitable tolling
8 of the limitation period. There is no indication petitioner himself did anything to
9 follow up with Weiss during Weiss’s two-year period of retention to make sure he
10 had filed a habeas petition. See Rudin v. Myles, 781 F.3d 1043, 1056 (9th Cir. 2014)
11 (petitioner found diligent where she made “repeated attempts” to contact counsel
12 who did not respond, and then filed motion to substitute counsel, as she was
13 precluded by local rules from filing own collateral review brief). Further, the record
14 shows Weiss’s last day of service was in either May 2015 or July 2015, both of
15 which are before the applicable limitation period expired on August 9, 2015.
16 Petitioner has made no showing that, once Weiss ceased to represent him, petitioner
17 made an effort to file a habeas petition before the August 9, 2015 deadline; instead,
18 petitioner waited until December 2015 to file the instant Petition raising the same
19 claims he raised in his prior case in this Court.
As modified by this discussion of the additional documents included with
21 petitioner’s Objections, the Court accepts the findings and recommendation of the
22 Magistrate Judge. IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED that respondent’s Motion to
23 Dismiss is granted, and Judgment will be entered denying the Petition and
24 dismissing this action with prejudice.
26 DATED: October 8, 2017
HONORABLE GEORGE H. WU
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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