Pimentel v. Pfeiffer
ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE WHY THIS ACTION SHOULD NOT BE DISMISSED AS UNTIMELY [DKT. 1] by Magistrate Judge Kenly Kiya Kato. Response to Order to Show Cause due by 11/30/2017. (Attachments: # 1 Notice of Dismissal Form) (dts)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
CENTRAL DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
SACV 17-1967-JVS (KK)
Date: November 9, 2017
Title: Ricardo Pimentel v. Christian Pfeiffer, Warden
Present: The Honorable KENLY KIYA KATO, UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
Attorney(s) Present for Petitioner:
Attorney(s) Present for Respondent:
(In Chambers) Order to Show Cause Why This Action Should Not Be
Dismissed As Untimely [Dkt. 1]
On October 9, 2017, Petitioner Ricardo Pimentel (“Petitioner”) filed a pro se Petition for
Writ of Habeas Corpus (“Petition”) by a Person in State Custody pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2254.
Petitioner challenges his 2010 convictions and sentence for burglary and possession of stolen
property. See ECF Docket No. (“Dkt.”) 1, Pet. However, the Petition appears to be untimely
on its face. The Court thus orders Petitioner to show cause why this action should not be
dismissed as untimely.
In 2010, Petitioner was convicted of first degree burglary in violation of sections 459, 460
of the California Penal Code and receiving stolen property in violation of section 496 subdivision
(a) of the California Penal Code. Pet. at 1; see also People v. Pimentel, No. G044873, 2012 WL
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1708856, at *1 (Cal. Ct. App. May 16, 2012).1 Petitioner was sentenced to a term of thirty-five
years to life in state prison.2 See Pimentel, 2012 WL 1708856, at *1.
On March 2, 2011, Petitioner filed a direct appeal in the California Court of Appeal.
California Courts, Appellate Courts Case Information, Docket,
_no=G044873 (last updated Nov. 9, 2017, 8:26 AM). On May 16, 2012, the California Court of
Appeal affirmed the conviction. Pet. at 2; Pimentel, 2012 WL 1708856. Petitioner did not file a
petition for review in the California Supreme Court. Pet. at 2.
On December 5, 2016, Petitioner filed a petition for habeas corpus in the California
Supreme Court. Pet. at 3; California Courts, Appellate Courts Case Information, Docket,
no=S238774 (last updated Nov. 9, 2017, 8:26 AM). On January 18, 2017, the California Supreme
Court denied the petition. Id.
On June 22, 2017, Petitioner filed a second petition for habeas corpus in the California
Supreme Court. Pet. at 4; California Courts, Appellate Courts Case Information,
71&doc_no=S242738 (last updated Nov. 9, 2017, 8:26 AM). On September 13, 2017, the
California Supreme Court denied the petition. Id.
On October 9, 2017, Petitioner constructively filed the instant Petition in this Court. Pet.
THE PETITION WAS FILED AFTER AEDPA’S ONE-YEAR LIMITATIONS
Petitioner filed the Petition after April 24, 1996, the effective date of AEDPA. Pet. at 15.
Therefore, the requirements for habeas relief set forth in AEDPA apply. Soto v. Ryan, 760 F.3d
947, 956-57 (9th Cir. 2014). AEDPA “sets a one-year limitations period in which a state prisoner
must file a federal habeas corpus petition.” Thompson v. Lea, 681 F.3d 1093, 1093 (9th Cir.
2012). Ordinarily, the limitations period runs from the date on which the prisoner’s judgment of
conviction “became final by the conclusion of direct review or the expiration of the time for
The Court takes judicial notice of Petitioner’s prior proceedings in this Court and in the
state courts. See In re Korean Air Lines Co., 642 F.3d 685, 689 n.1 (9th Cir. 2011).
On direct appeal, the California Court of Appeal stayed the execution of Petitioner’s
concurrent sentence of twenty-five years to life for receiving stolen property. Pimentel, 2012 WL
1708856, at *2.
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seeking such review.” 28 U.S.C. § 2244(d)(1) (“Section 2244(d)(1)”). If a petitioner files a
direct appeal to a state appellate court but no petition for review to the highest state court, the
conviction becomes final forty days after the state appellate court issues its decision. Brown v.
Sisto, 303 F. App’x 458, 459 (9th Cir. 2008);3 see Cal. R. Ct. 8.366(b)(1) (“[A] Court of Appeal
decision in a [criminal] proceeding . . . , including an order dismissing an appeal involuntarily, is
final in that court 30 days after filing.”); Cal. R. Ct. 8.500(e)(1) (“A petition for review must be
served and filed within 10 days after the Court of Appeal decision is final in that court.”).
Here, Petitioner’s conviction became final on June 25, 2012, forty days after the
California Court of Appeal issued its decision denying Petitioner’s direct appeal on May 16, 2012.
See Brown, 303 F. App’x at 459. AEDPA’s one-year limitations period commenced the next
day, June 26, 2012, and expired on June 26, 2013. See 28 U.S.C. § 2244(d)(1). However,
Petitioner did not file the instant Petition until October 9, 2017. Dkt. 1. Therefore, the Court
deems the instant Petition untimely by over four years and three months, in the absence of any
STATUTORY TOLLING DOES NOT RENDER THE PETITION TIMELY
“A habeas petitioner is entitled to statutory tolling of AEDPA’s one-year statute of
limitations while a ‘properly filed application for State post-conviction or other collateral review
with respect to the pertinent judgment or claim is pending.’” Nedds v. Calderon, 678 F.3d 777,
780 (9th Cir. 2012) (quoting 28 U.S.C. § 2244(d)(2) (“Section 2244(d)(2)”)). Statutory tolling
does not extend to the time between the date on which a judgment becomes final and the date on
which the petitioner files his first state collateral challenge because, during that time, there is no
case “pending.” Nino v. Galaza, 183 F.3d 1003, 1006 (9th Cir. 1999). Moreover, “[S]ection
2244(d) does not permit the reinitiation of the limitations period that has ended before the state
petition was filed.” Ferguson v. Palmateer, 321 F.3d 820, 823 (9th Cir. 2003).
Here, AEDPA’s one-year statute of limitations expired on June 26, 2013. However,
Petitioner did not file his first state habeas petition in the California Supreme Court until
December 5, 2016. Because Section 2244(d) does not permit reinitiation of the limitations
period, statutory tolling does not render the Petition timely.
EQUITABLE TOLLING DOES NOT RENDER THE PETITION TIMELY
In addition to the statutory tolling provided for by Section 2244(d)(2), the “AEDPA
limitations period may be tolled” when it is “equitably required.” Doe v. Busby, 661 F.3d 1001,
1011 (9th Cir. 2011). The “threshold necessary to trigger equitable tolling [under AEDPA] is
very high.” Bills v. Clark, 628 F.3d 1092, 1097 (9th Cir. 2010) (alteration in original). A court
may grant equitable tolling only where “‘extraordinary circumstances’ prevented an otherwise
diligent petitioner from filing on time.” Forbess v. Franke, 749 F.3d 837, 839 (9th Cir. 2014).
The Court may cite unpublished Ninth Circuit opinions issued on or after January 1, 2007. U.S.
Ct. App. 9th Cir. Rule 36-3(b); Fed R. App. P. 32.1(a).
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The petitioner “bears a heavy burden to show that [he] is entitled to equitable tolling, ‘lest the
exceptions swallow the rule.’” Rudin v. Myles, 781 F.3d 1043, 1055 (9th Cir. 2015).
Here, Petitioner alleges he was stabbed in July 2012, placed in segregation, and his legal
mail was confiscated and never returned, because Petitioner refused to “debrief” regarding the
stabbing. Pet. at 13-14. Petitioner mentions he was in segregation for over a year and continues
to have trouble getting his legal materials. Id. at 14. However, even if Petitioner was entitled to
tolling for the year he was in segregation, this does not appear to justify equitable tolling for over
four years. Thus, equitable tolling does not appear to render the Petition timely. Bills, 628 F.3d
Accordingly, based upon the Petition as currently submitted, Section 2244(d)(1) appears
to bar this action. Petitioner is therefore ORDERED TO SHOW CAUSE why this action should
not be dismissed as untimely by filing a written response no later than November 30, 2017.
Petitioner is advised to inform the Court of any reason demonstrating entitlement to statutory or
Instead of filing a response to the instant Order, Petitioner may request a voluntary
dismissal of this action pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 41(a). The Clerk of the
Court has attached a Notice of Dismissal form. However, the Court warns Petitioner any
dismissed claims may be later subject to the statute of limitations under Section 2244(d)(1), as
amended by AEDPA, “[a] 1-year period of limitation shall apply to an application for a writ of
habeas corpus by a person in custody pursuant to the judgment of a State court.” 28 U.S.C. §
The Court warns Petitioner failure to timely file a response to this Order will result
in the Court dismissing this action with prejudice as untimely, and for failure to prosecute
and comply with court orders. See Fed. R. Civ. P. 41(b).
The Clerk of Court is directed to serve a copy of this Order on Petitioner at his
current address of record.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
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