O'Neill v. State of California
ORDER signed by Magistrate Judge Kendall J. Newman on 06/21/17 denying 28 Motion to reopen this case. If petitioner wishes to challenge his conviction through a petition for writ of habeas corpus, he must file a new case. The clerk of the court is directed to send petitioner the form for filing a petition for writ of habeas corpus, along with an application to proceed in forma pauperis. Petitioner shall file no further filings in this closed case. Any additional documents filed by petitioner will be disregarded and no orders will issue in response to future filings. (Plummer, M)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
No. 2:16-cv-0417 KJN P
STATE OF CALIFORNIA,
On June 15, 2017, petitioner filed his third motion to reopen this case. Petitioner seeks to
reopen this case for review of his substantive claims challenging his underlying conviction. (ECF
No. 28 at 1.)
This petition for writ of habeas corpus was dismissed on June 23, 2016. Petitioner filed
an appeal, and the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit denied petitioner’s request for a
certificate of appealability. (ECF No. 25.) On March 29, 2017, petitioner again moved to reopen
this action, repeating his claim that the appeal pending in state court addresses pre-sentence
credits and not his underlying conviction. (ECF No. 26 at 1-2.) However, as explained in the
June 23, 2016 order, because petitioner’s conviction and sentence were not yet final, this court
was required to abstain from addressing any challenge thereto. (ECF No. 13 at 3-4.) As the
Ninth Circuit also explained to petitioner, “[t]he denial of appellant’s request for a certificate of
appealability does not preclude him from challenging his state conviction, once final, in a
properly filed habeas petition brought pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2254.” (ECF No. 25 at 1.) In other
words, petitioner must wait until the state court resolves petitioner’s sentence and the sentence
becomes final before petitioner can seek habeas relief in federal court. At that time, petitioner
must file a new petition for writ of habeas corpus in this court.
It appears that petitioner now believes his pending appeal has been denied. However,
petitioner was previously advised that once his conviction is final, he must file a new petition for
writ of habeas corpus in federal court. This means he must file a new case. Petitioner is not
allowed to re-open this case. This case is closed and remains closed.
Accordingly, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that:
1. Petitioner’s request to reopen this case (ECF No. 28) is denied. If petitioner wishes to
challenge his conviction through a petition for writ of habeas corpus, he must file a new case.
2. The Clerk of the Court is directed to send petitioner the form for filing a petition for
writ of habeas corpus, along with an application to proceed in forma pauperis.
3. Petitioner shall file no further filings in this closed case. Any additional documents
filed by petitioner will be disregarded and no orders will issue in response to future filings.
Dated: June 21, 2017
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