Cisneros v. Macomber

Filing 26

ORDER DENYING 25 Motion to Proceed, signed by District Judge Dale A. Drozd on 8/15/17. (Marrujo, C)

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 9 FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 10 11 ALEJANDRO CISNEROS, 12 Petitioner, 13 14 No. 1:15-cv-01716-DAD-EPG v. ORDER DENYING REQUEST TO PROCEED JEFF MACOMBER, 15 (Doc. No. 25) Respondent. 16 Petitioner is a state prisoner proceeding pro se whose petition for writ of habeas corpus 17 18 pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2254 was dismissed without prejudice on September 14, 2016 due to 19 petitioner’s failure to exhaust his claims by first presenting them to the California Supreme Court. 20 (Doc. No. 23.)1 Judgment was entered on that same date and this case was closed. (Doc. No. 24.) 21 Nonetheless, on March 6, 2017, petitioner filed the pending request to proceed with the federal 22 habeas petition in this case. (Doc. No. 25.). As noted, this court previously dismissed the petition in this case without prejudice. If 23 24 petitioner wishes to proceed with a federal habeas petition, he may do so by filing a new petition 25 1 26 27 28 Petitioner did not seek a stay and abeyance of this action pending exhaustion of his sole, unexhausted claim for federal habeas relief. See Mena v. Long, 813 F.3d 907, 908 (9th Cir. 2016) (recognizing the district court’s discretion to employ the stay and abeyance procedure described in Rhines v. Weber, 544 U.S. 269 (2005), in the case of a fully unexhausted petition in order to allow the petitioner to exhaust his claims in state court and then return to federal court in that same action. 1 1 for federal habeas relief with the court. A petitioner in state custody who is proceeding with a 2 petition for writ of habeas corpus must first exhaust his constitutional claims in state court. 28 3 U.S.C. § 2254(b)(1). A petitioner can satisfy the exhaustion requirement by providing the highest 4 state court with a full and fair opportunity to consider each claim before presenting it to the 5 federal court. O’Sullivan v. Boerckel, 526 U.S. 838, 845 (1999); Duncan v. Henry, 513 U.S. 364, 6 365 (1995); Picard v. Connor, 404 U.S. 270, 276 (1971). In other words, if petitioner has not 7 sought relief in the California Supreme Court, a federal habeas court cannot proceed to the merits 8 of petitioner’s claims. 28 U.S.C. § 2254(b)(1). 9 Accordingly, it is hereby ordered that petitioner’s request to proceed in this closed case 10 (Doc. No. 25) is denied. 11 IT IS SO ORDERED. 12 Dated: August 15, 2017 UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 2

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