Chambers v. Sherman

Filing 9

FINDINGS and RECOMMENDATIONS recommending that the Petition in this action be dismissed as duplicative of the petition in case no. 1:18-cv-00092-DAD-SKO (HC); this action be administratively closed ; referred to Judge O'Neill, signed by Magistrate Judge Michael J. Seng on 03/7/18. ORDER WITHDRAWING 7 FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDATIONS. ( Objections to F&R due by 3/26/2018) (Martin-Gill, S)

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 12 EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 13 14 EDWIN JAMES CHAMBERS, 15 16 Petitioner, Case No. 1:17-cv-01747-LJO-MJS (HC) ORDER WITHDRAWING FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDATION v. (ECF NO. 7) 17 STU SHERMAN, Warden, 18 Respondent. 19 FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDATION TO DISMISS PETITION AS DUPLICATIVE FOURTEEN (14) DAY OBJECTION DEADLINE 20 21 22 Petitioner is a state prisoner proceeding with a petition for writ of habeas corpus 23 under 28 U.S.C. § 2254. On December 29, 2017, the Court conducted an initial review of 24 the petition and determined that Petitioner’s first and only stated ground for relief was 25 illegible and unintelligible. Accordingly, the Court was unable to determine whether 26 Petitioner is entitled to relief, and Petitioner was ordered to file an amended, legible 27 petition within thirty days. 28 1 The thirty day deadline passed without Petitioner either filing an amended petition 2 in this action or seeking an extension of time to do so. Accordingly, on February 15, 3 2018, the undersigned recommended dismissal of the petition without prejudice on the 4 ground that Petitioner failed to obey the Court’s order requiring him to file a legible, 5 amended complaint. (ECF No. 7.) 6 Petitioner filed objections stating that he had, in fact, filed a legible petition. (ECF 7 No. 8.) A review of the Court’s docket reflects that Petitioner’s amended petition was 8 mistakenly opened as a new action, Chambers v. Sherman, No. 1:18-cv-00092-DAD- 9 SKO (HC). Respondent since has been ordered to respond in that action. (ECF No. 5 in 10 No. 1:18-cv-00092-DAD-SKO.) Given that Petitioner complied with the Court’s order 11 requiring him to file a legible petition, the undersigned will withdraw his prior findings and 12 recommendation. 13 However, litigants “generally have ‘no right to maintain two separate actions 14 involving the same subject matter at the same time in the same court and against the 15 same defendant.’” Adams v. California Dept. of Health Services, 487 F.3d 684, 688 (9th 16 Cir. 2007) (quoting Walton v. Eaton Corp., 563 F.2d 66, 70 (3d Cir.1977) (en banc)). 17 “After weighing the equities of the case, the district court may exercise its discretion to 18 dismiss a duplicative later-filed action, to stay that action pending resolution of the 19 previously filed action, to enjoin the parties from proceeding with it, or to consolidate both 20 actions.” Id. 21 Additionally, 28 U.S.C. § 2244(b) limits the number of separate habeas actions 22 that a state prisoner may bring arising out of the same state court conviction and/or 23 sentence. When a pro se petitioner files a second Section 2254 habeas petition 24 challenging a particular state conviction before the district court completes its 25 adjudication of his earlier Section 2254 habeas petition stemming from the same state 26 court criminal case, the district court should construe the second petition as a motion to 27 amend the earlier-filed petition. Woods v. Carey, 525 F.3d 886, 890 (9th Cir. 2008) (so 28 2 1 holding and further holding that the court thereafter has the discretion to determine 2 whether to grant leave to amend consistent with Fed. R. Civ. P. 15); see also Goodrum 3 v. Busby, 824 F.3d 1188, 1194 (9th Cir. 2016) (reiterating that Woods is “the law of our 4 circuit”). 5 Here, Case Nos. 1:17-cv-01747 and 1:18-cv-00092 arise out of the same state 6 court criminal case. The petitions are essentially identical, with the exception that the 7 petition in 1:18-cv-00092 contains a legible description of Petitioner’s claim and, as 8 noted, the petition in 1:17-cv-01747 does not. In such circumstances, the petition in 9 1:18-cv-00092 should be filed as an amended petition in the instant case, and 1:18-cv- 10 00092 should be administratively closed. Here, however, 1:18-cv-00092 contains the 11 only legible petition filed in either action, and it has progressed further than the instant 12 case in that Respondent has been directed to respond to it. Additionally, the 13 undersigned has reviewed the petition and foresees no timeliness issues arising from 14 Petitioner proceeding on the later-filed petition. Accordingly, the undersigned will 15 recommend that the instant petition be dismissed as duplicative, and that this matter be 16 administratively closed. Petitioner should continue to pursue his petition in Case No. 17 1:18-cv-00092. 18 19 20 21 22 23 Based on the foregoing, the Court’s prior findings and recommendation (ECF No. 7) are HEREBY WITHDRAWN. Additionally, it is HEREBY RECOMMENDED that: 1. The petition in this action be dismissed as duplicative of the petition in Case No. 1:18-cv-00092-DAD-SKO (HC); and 2. This action be administratively closed. 24 The findings and recommendations are submitted to the United States District 25 Judge assigned to the case, pursuant to the provisions of 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1). Within 26 fourteen (14) days after being served with the findings and recommendations, any party 27 may file written objections with the Court and serve a copy on all parties. Such a 28 3 1 document should be captioned “Objections to Magistrate Judge’s Findings and 2 Recommendations.” Any reply to the objections shall be served and filed within fourteen 3 (14) days after service of the objections. The parties are advised that failure to file 4 objections within the specified time may result in the waiver of rights on appeal. 5 Wilkerson v. Wheeler, 772 F.3d 834, 839 (9th Cir. 2014) (citing Baxter v. Sullivan, 923 6 F.2d 1391, 1394 (9th Cir. 1991)). 7 8 9 IT IS SO ORDERED. Dated: March 7, 2018 /s/ 10 Michael J. Seng UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 4

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