Rood v. Swarthout
ORDER signed by Magistrate Judge Allison Claire on 7/2/2014 DISCHARGING the 6/9/14 Order to Show Cause 30 ; petitioner shall file a status report within 90 days, and every 90 days thereafter until he has exhausted his claims in the Californ ia Supreme Court, supported with copies of any habeas petition(s) or related state court order(s) filed during the previous 90 days; and petitioner is further DIRECTED to notify this court of any changes of address pursuant to Local Rule 183(b). (Yin, K)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
RICHARD VINCENT ROOD,
No. 2:12-cv-01476 AC P
Petitioner, a state prisoner proceeding pro se and in forma pauperis, filed this petition for a
writ of habeas corpus pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2254. The parties have consented to the
jurisdiction of the undersigned. ECF Nos. 7, 13. Currently pending before the court is
petitioner’s responses to this court’s order to show cause issued on June 9, 2014. ECF Nos. 31,
On June 13, 2013 this court granted petitioner’s motion for a stay of the instant habeas
proceedings in order to exhaust two additional claims for relief in state court. ECF No. 29. In the
year since this case has been stayed, petitioner has filed a single state habeas corpus petition in
the Shasta County Superior Court which was not even filed until May 12, 2014. See ECF No. 31.
This state habeas petition was denied on June 13, 2014. Id. Therefore, a review of petitioner’s
responses to this court’s show cause order indicate that his claims have still not been properly
exhausted in state court.
Petitioner provides a number of explanations for his delay in exhausting his claims in state
court. See ECF Nos. 31, 32. These include his transfer to two different prisons as well as his
minimal access to the prison law library. Petitioner also complains about a delay in receiving this
court’s order to show cause since it was not sent to his current address at Pelican Bay State
Prison. However, a review of this court’s docket indicates that petitioner has not filed any change
of address during the entire pendency of these federal habeas proceedings. Pursuant to Local
Rule 183(b), a “party appearing in propria persona shall keep the Court and opposing parties
advised as to his or her current address.” Petitioner’s failure to comply with this Local Rule
explains any delay in service of this court’s orders.
Having considered petitioner’s responses to the order to show cause, the court will not lift
the stay at this time. However, the court will require petitioner to file a status report EVERY 90
DAYS indicating what efforts he has taken to properly exhaust his claims in the California
Supreme Court. Petitioner is further directed to file a copy of any state habeas petition or any
state court order pertaining to a state habeas corpus petition along with this status report. If
petitioner fails to comply with this order, the court will once again sua sponte consider lifting the
stay in this action and proceeding on only the one properly exhausted claim before the court.
Accordingly, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that:
1. The June 9, 2014 order to show cause (ECF No. 30) is hereby discharged;
2. Petitioner is ordered to file a status report within 90 days of the date of this order, and
every 90 days thereafter until he has exhausted his claims in the California Supreme Court,
supported by copies of any habeas petition(s) or related state court order(s) filed during the
previous 90 days; and,
3. Petitioner is further directed to notify this court of any changes of address pursuant to
Local Rule 183(b).
DATED: July 2, 2014
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