Weeden v. Johnson
ORDER signed by Senior Judge James K. Singleton on 6/13/2017 ORDERING Respondent shall have up to and including 7/31/2017, to file with this Court a Status Report detailing the substantial and concrete steps that the state has taken with respects to retrying Weeden. IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that Weeden shall have up to and including 8/30/2017, to file a response, if any. The Clerk of Court is directed to serve a copy of this Order on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. (cc: USCA #14-17366)(Reader, L)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
DEBORAH K. JOHNSON, Warden,
Central California Women’s Facility,
This Court denied habeas relief and a certificate of appealability to Sarah Weeden, a state
prisoner represented by counsel. Docket Nos. 15, 16. Weeden timely filed a notice of appeal,
Docket No. 17, and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals granted her a certificate of appealability
with respect to: 1) whether counsel rendered ineffective assistance by failing to present expert
testimony regarding her age and immaturity; and 2) whether she was entitled to a jury instruction
on her age-related defense, Docket No. 3 (Ninth Cir. Case No. 14-17366). On appeal, the Ninth
Circuit issued an order dated April 21, 2017, conditionally granting Weeden habeas relief on her
ineffective assistance of counsel claim and remanding her case to this Court. Docket No. 23. On
June 7, 2017, the mandate of the Ninth Circuit’s judgment issued. Docket No. 24; Docket No.
38 (Ninth Cir. Case No. 14-17366). Later that day, this Court ordered Respondent to file notice
by July 7, 2017, of whether the state intends to retry Weeden. Docket No. 25. On June 12,
2017, Respondent informed the Court that the state intends to retry Weeden. Docket No. 28.
IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED Respondent shall have up to and including July 31,
2017,1 to file with this Court a Status Report detailing the substantial and concrete steps that the
state has taken with respects to retrying Weeden.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED THAT Weeden shall have up to and including August
30, 2017, to file a response, if any.
The Clerk of Court is directed to serve a copy of this Order on the Ninth Circuit Court of
Dated: June 13, 2017.
/s/James K. Singleton, Jr.
JAMES K. SINGLETON, JR.
Senior United States District Judge
The Court has granted Respondent additional time to accommodate defense
counsel’s schedule, as reflected in defense counsel’s motion at Docket No. 26.
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