Baker v. Ducart

Filing 13

ORDER and FINDINGS and RECOMMENDATIONS signed by Magistrate Judge Gregory G. Hollows on 10/31/17 ORDERING that the motion to withdraw the "reassignment" is denied as unnecessary; and that a response to the petition be filed by respondent wi thin 45 days of the filed date of this order in the event that the Findings and Recommendations are adopted. Also, RECOMMENDING that the Motion to Dismiss be denied as moot. Motion 11 referred to Judge Garland E. Burrell. Objections due within 14 days. (Plummer, M)

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 9 FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 10 11 JOHNATHAN ALLAN BAKER, 12 13 14 15 No. 2:17-cv-01812-GEB-GGH Petitioner, v. ORDER AND CLARK DUCART, FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDATION Respondent. 16 17 Petitioner is proceeding in this habeas corpus action in pro se. When petitioner filed his 18 petition, respondent was named only as “Unknown.” ECF No. 1. On September 5, 2017 the 19 court in granting the petitioner’s IFP motion also directed him to file a request to interlineate the 20 name of the Warden at his place of incarceration in place of the respondent then stated to be 21 “Unknown,” and also directed the respondent to file a response to the petition within 60 days of 22 the Order. ECF No. 5. On October 24, 2017, after having previously filed a declination to 23 proceeded before a Magistrate Judge, ECR No. 9, respondent filed a Motion to Vacate the 24 briefing schedule set in ECF No. 5, and to vacate the reassignment, on the ground that since 25 petitioner had never named the person serving as his custodian as the court had ordered in ECF 26 No. 5, the respondent has no client to represent and the court has jurisdiction over the case, citing 27 Stanley v. California Supreme Court, 21 F.3d 359, 360 (9th Cir. 1994). 28 Respondent is correct that the Ninth Circuit did, indeed, find that failure to name the 1 1 actual custodian as respondent in a habeas petition rendered the district court without jurisdiction 2 to proceed, but it remanded the matter to the district court with instructions that petitioner be 3 given another opportunity to correct the omission. In the other cited case, Brittingham v. United 4 States, 982 F.2nd 378, 379 (9th Cir. 1992), petitioner appears to have been attempting to maintain 5 his suit in the District of Hawaii since he had yet to be assigned to a permanent place of 6 confinement. Further, in both cases petitioners were represented by counsel whereas in the 7 instant case petitioner is acting in pro se. 8 9 On the same day that respondent file its motion, but before it had been directed to the magistrate judge for review, the court filed an order directing that the caption on the petition be 10 changed to show the name of the warden at petitioner’s place of incarceration as respondent. The 11 court has so acted before to avoid having needless procedural actions taken involving both 12 parties. Indeed, in many cases, respondent’s attorney has simply changed the identity of 13 respondent to its correct designation, and footnoted the change in a substantive motion. 14 Petitioner is advised, however, that compliance with court directives is not optional. The 15 undersigned is unaware why petitioner did not respond to the order, but will not take further 16 action this one time. Petitioner is further advised that failure to follow the orders of this court 17 may result in a dismissal of the petition. 18 For the foregoing reasons the respondent’s Motion to Dismiss should be denied as moot, 19 and the petition will proceed under the new caption reflecting Clark Ducart as respondent. If for 20 some reason this identification is not correct, respondent shall change it in the next pleading or 21 motion filed. 22 Respondent also moved to withdraw the “reassignment,” ostensibly to the district judge, 23 effected by ECF No. 9. The docket, ECF No. 9, shows a rejection by respondent’s counsel of the 24 consent to the magistrate judge as presider option, and immediately after, the Clerk assigned the 25 case to the Honorable Garland Burrell as presider. ECF No. 10. The motion to vacate the 26 reassignment is denied as unnecessary. 27 28 It is therefore ORDERED that: the motion to withdraw the “reassignment” is denied as unnecessary; and that a response to the petition be filed by respondent within 45 days of the filed 2 1 date of this order in the event that the Findings and Recommendation are adopted; 2 It is RECOMMENDED that the Motion to Dismiss be denied as moot. 3 These findings and recommendations are submitted to the United States District Judge 4 assigned to the case, pursuant to the provisions of 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(l). Within fourteen days 5 after being served with these findings and recommendations, any party may file written 6 objections with the court and serve a copy on all parties. Such a document should be captioned 7 “Objections to Magistrate Judge’s Findings and Recommendations.” Any reply to the objections 8 shall be served and filed within seven days after service of the objections. The parties are advised 9 that failure to file objections within the specified time may waive the right to appeal the District 10 Court’s order. Martinez v. Ylst, 951 F.2d 1153 (9th Cir. 1991). 11 DATED: October 31, 2017 12 13 /s/ Gregory G. Hollows GREGORY G. HOLLOWS UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 3

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