Poslof v. Warnke
ORDER to SHOW CAUSE signed by Magistrate Judge Stanley A. Boone on 9/8/17. Show Cause Response Due Within Thirty Days. (Marrujo, C)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
LONNIE LEE POSLOF, JR.,
Case No. 1:17-cv-01119-SAB-HC
ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE
Petitioner is proceeding pro se with a petition for writ of habeas corpus pursuant to 28
19 U.S.C. § 2254.
Petitioner is currently confined at the Merced County jail. (ECF No. 1 at 1).1 In the
23 instant federal habeas petition, Petitioner alleges ineffective assistance of counsel and due
24 process violations arising from his Merced County criminal proceeding, which involves
25 violations of California Penal Code sections 228(a), 228a(c), and 228.7. (ECF No. 1 at 1, 4).
26 Although Petitioner states that the length of his sentence is twenty-seven years to life, Petitioner
27 also states that he is pending sentencing. (ECF No. 1 at 1).
Page numbers refer to the ECF page numbers stamped at the top of the page.
Rule 4 of the Rules Governing Section 2254 Cases requires preliminary review of a
4 habeas petition and allows a district court to dismiss a petition before the respondent is ordered
5 to file a response, if it “plainly appears from the petition and any attached exhibits that the
6 petitioner is not entitled to relief in the district court.”
In Younger v. Harris, 401 U.S. 37 (1971), the Supreme Court held that when there is a
8 pending state criminal proceeding, federal courts must refrain from enjoining the state
9 prosecution. See Kowalski v. Tesmer, 543 U.S. 125, 133 (2004) (“The doctrine of Younger v.
10 Harris . . . reinforces our federal scheme by preventing a state criminal defendant from asserting
11 ancillary challenges to ongoing state criminal procedures in federal court.”). The Ninth Circuit
12 has interpreted Younger to mean that “only in the most unusual circumstances is a defendant
13 entitled to have federal interposition by way of injunction or habeas corpus until after the jury
14 comes in, judgment has been appealed from and the case concluded in the state courts.” Drury v.
15 Cox, 457 F.2d 764, 764–65 (9th Cir. 1972).
Here, it is unclear from the face of the petition whether Petitioner’s conviction is final.
17 Petitioner states that the length of his sentence is twenty-seven years to life, but he also states
18 that he is pending sentencing. Although Petitioner asserts that he has raised his ineffective
19 assistance of counsel and federal due process claims to the California Supreme Court, the
20 “apparent finality” of his claims “is not enough.” Drury, 457 F.2d at 765. Thus, Petitioner must
21 inform this Court whether he has been sentenced, “judgment has been appealed from and the
22 case concluded in the state courts.” Id.
Accordingly, Petitioner is ORDERED to SHOW CAUSE within THIRTY (30) days
26 from the date of service of this order why the petition should not be dismissed without prejudice
27 based on Younger and Petitioner’s ongoing state criminal proceeding.
Petitioner is forewarned that failure to follow this order may result in dismissal of the
2 petition pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 41(b) (a petitioner’s failure to prosecute or
3 to comply with a court order may result in a dismissal of the action).
IT IS SO ORDERED.
September 8, 2017
UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
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