Williams v. Ryan et al

Filing 7

ORDER signed by Judge Dale A. Drozd on 01/10/06: petitioner's 3 application to proceed IFP is GRANTED; petitioner's 2 motion to hold his petition in abeyance is DENIED without prejudice; within 30 days from the service of this order, pe titioner shall file a new motion for a stay; the Clerk is directed to serve a copy of this order together with a copy of the petition for writ of HC on Jo Graves, Senior Assistant AG; respondents shall not file a response until further order from the court. (Kirkpatrick, S).

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(HC) Williams v. Ryan et al Doc. 7 Case 2:05-cv-01313-LKK-DAD Document 7 Filed 01/11/2006 Page 1 of 3 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 vs. STUART RYAN, et al., Respondents. / Petitioner is a state prisoner proceeding pro se with a petition for a writ of habeas corpus pursuant to 28 U.S.C. 2254. Before the court are petitioner's motions to hold this action in abeyance and to proceed in forma pauperis. Examination of the in forma pauperis application reveals that petitioner is unable to afford the costs of suit. Accordingly, the application to proceed in forma pauperis will be granted. See 28 U.S.C. 1915(a). With respect to the motion for a stay and abeyance, petitioner filed his motion concurrently with his petition for a writ of habeas corpus. The United States Supreme Court recently affirmed the district court's discretion to stay a federal habeas proceeding to allow the petitioner to present unexhausted claims to the state court where there is good cause for the petitioner's failure to exhaust all claims in state court before filing a federal habeas petition. 1 Dockets.Justia.com IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA DANNY T. WILLIAMS, JR., Petitioner, No. CIV S-05-1313 LKK DAD P ORDER Case 2:05-cv-01313-LKK-DAD Document 7 Filed 01/11/2006 Page 2 of 3 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 Rhines v. Weber, U.S. , 125 S. Ct. 1528, 1534-35 (2005). See Anthony v. Cambra, 236 F.3d 568, 575 (9th Cir. 2000) (authorizing district courts to stay fully exhausted federal petitions pending exhaustion of other claims); Calderon v. United States Dist. Court (Taylor), 134 F.3d 981, 987-88 (9th Cir. 1998) (recognizing the district court's authority to allow a petitioner to amend a mixed petition to delete unexhausted claims and hold the fully exhausted petition in abeyance). The Supreme Court cautioned, however, that "stay and abeyance should be available only in limited circumstances" and that a stay "is only appropriate when the district court determines there is good cause for the petitioner's failure to exhaust his claims first in state court." 125 S. Ct. at 1535. Even if a petitioner shows good cause, the district court should not grant a stay if the claims are plainly meritless. Id. Finally, federal proceedings may not be stayed indefinitely, and reasonable time limits must be imposed on a petitioner's return to state court to exhaust additional claims. Id. Petitioner's pending motion is vague and conclusory. The court is unable to determine whether petitioner had good cause for failing to exhaust all claims before filing this action, whether petitioner's unexhausted claims are potentially meritorious, and whether petitioner has acted with diligence. See Taylor, 134 F.3d at 987 nn. 8 & 11 (failure to make a showing of diligence in pursuing additional claims may foreclose a stay). For these reasons, petitioner's motion will be denied without prejudice to the filing of a new motion. Petitioner will be granted thirty days to file a new motion to stay proceedings. The motion submitted for filing must include a proof of service showing that a copy of the motion was served on respondents' counsel. The motion must (1) show good cause for petitioner's failure to exhaust all claims prior to filing this action, (2) identify petitioner's unexhausted claims and demonstrate that each is potentially meritorious, (3) describe the status of state court proceedings on the unexhausted claims, and (4) demonstrate that petitioner has acted with diligence in pursuing additional claims. The court will also order respondents to file their opposition or non-opposition to petitioner's motion. 2 Case 2:05-cv-01313-LKK-DAD Document 7 Filed 01/11/2006 Page 3 of 3 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 DA D:4 will1313 .msa Accordingly, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that: 1. Petitioner's application to proceed in forma pauperis is granted; 2. Petitioner's motion to hold his petition in abeyance, filed on June 29, 2005, is denied without prejudice; 3. Within thirty days from the service of this order, petitioner shall file a new motion for a stay and abeyance as set forth above, and serve a copy of his motion on Jo Graves, Senior Assistant Attorney General, California Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General, 1300 I Street, Sacramento, CA 94244-2550. 4. Respondents' opposition or statement of non-opposition to the motion for a stay and abeyance shall be filed within thirty days from the service of the motion; 5. The Clerk of the Court is directed serve a copy of this order together with a copy of the petition for writ of habeas corpus pursuant to 28 U.S.C. 2254 on Jo Graves, Senior Assistant Attorney General; and 6. Respondents shall not file their response to the petition for a writ of habeas corpus until further order from the court. DATED: January 10, 2006. 3

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