Stanley v. Calderon
ORDER signed by Magistrate Judge Carolyn K. Delaney on 10/2/14 ORDERING that the Clerk of the Court is directed to file all pro se submissions made by petitioner Stanley. The docket shall reflect those submissions as Letter from petitioner. Att orney Jack Leavitt is warned that any further filings he makes with this court may subject him, again, to sanctions. The Clerk of the Court is directed to remove Mr. Leavitts August 28, 2014 Request for Relief to Protect Confidentiality (ECF No. 933 ) from the docket. The Clerk of the Court is directed to serve a copy of this order upon Mr. Leavitt.(Dillon, M)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
JERRY F. STANLEY,
No. 2:95-cv-1500 JAM CKD
DEATH PENALTY CASE
WARDEN, San Quentin State Prison,
During the recent stay of these proceedings, this court permitted all filings made on behalf
of petitioner, including those made pro se and one recent filing (ECF No. 933) made by
petitioner’s on and off, self-proclaimed “legal representative” Jack Leavitt. Because those filings
have become excessive, the court feels compelled to address them. First, it must be noted that the
record in this case is riddled with petitioner’s complaints about his appointed counsel, the court,
and prison staff; declarations that he wished to end these proceedings; and 180-degree changes of
mind on each of these issues. Earlier, those complaints were taken seriously, and at one point the
court ordered factfinding and made a tentative determination that petitioner was competent to
choose to dismiss these proceedings, only to have petitioner immediately thereafter change his
mind. Petitioner has been instructed numerous times that he may not file documents pro se. He
has consistently ignored those instructions. Further, Mr. Leavitt has been instructed previously
that because he has not been appointed to represent petitioner in these proceedings, he may not
file documents on petitioner’s behalf.1 In fact, the previously assigned magistrate judge held in
2002 that “[f]urther filings by attorney Jack Leavitt in this case will result in sanctions or
contempt proceedings.” (ECF No. 365 at 9.) In 2004, the court found Mr. Leavitt in contempt
and ordered him to pay over $10,000 in sanctions. (ECF No. 437.)
In 2005, petitioner’s appointed counsel moved for a determination of petitioner’s
competency to proceed with his federal case. (ECF No. 579.) That motion was denied. (ECF
Nos. 611, 654.) Since then, it appears that most, if not all, of Mr. Stanley’s pro se
communications with the court have been simply filed and disregarded. Based on the history of
Mr. Stanley’s behavior in this proceeding, the undersigned will continue that practice. However,
unless he is specifically ordered to do so, Mr. Leavitt is barred from filing anything in this case.
Accordingly, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED as follows:
1. The Clerk of the Court is directed to file all pro se submissions made by petitioner
Stanley. The docket shall reflect those submissions as “Letter from petitioner.”
2. Attorney Jack Leavitt is warned that any further filings he makes with this court may
subject him, again, to sanctions.
3. The Clerk of the Court is directed to remove Mr. Leavitt’s August 28, 2014 “Request
for Relief to Protect Confidentiality” (ECF No. 933) from the docket.
4. The Clerk of the Court is directed to serve a copy of this order upon Mr. Leavitt.
Dated: October 2, 2014
CAROLYN K. DELANEY
UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
Stanley pro se filings.or
In 2002 and again in 2005, the magistrate judge previously assigned to this case set out a history
of Mr. Stanley’s obstructionist behavior. (ECF Nos. 365, 611.)
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