(HC) Thompson v. Spearman

Filing 30

ORDER signed by Magistrate Judge Deborah Barnes on 4/26/2021 GRANTING 29 Motion for Extension of Time; DENYING 29 Motion to Appoint Counsel without prejudice; and ORDERING Petitioner to file and serve his response to 25 Motion to Dismiss within 30 days from the date of this order. (Henshaw, R)

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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 KANE MICHAEL THOMPSON, 12 13 14 15 No. 2:19-cv-2328 KJM DB P Petitioner, v. ORDER M.E. SPEARMAN, Respondent. 16 17 Petitioner is a state prisoner proceeding pro se and in forma pauperis with a petition for 18 writ of habeas corpus under 28 U.S.C. § 2254. Petitioner challenges his 2017 conviction in 19 Sacramento County Superior Court. Respondent has filed a motion to dismiss. (ECF No. 25.) 20 Petitioner has requested the appointment of counsel. (ECF No. 29.) There currently 21 exists no absolute right to appointment of counsel in habeas proceedings. See Nevius v. Sumner, 22 105 F.3d 453, 460 (9th Cir. 1996). However, 18 U.S.C. § 3006A authorizes the appointment of 23 counsel at any stage of the case “if the interests of justice so require.” See Rule 8(c), Fed. R. 24 Governing § 2254 Cases. In the present case, petitioner has filed motions and responded to court 25 orders. (See, e.g. ECF Nos. 2, 13, 14, 18.) Additionally, petitioner has properly filed a petition 26 for writ of habeas corpus which claims violations of constitutional rights which, if proved, may 27 entitle him to relief. (ECF No. 20.) Thus, the court does not find that the interests of justice 28 would be served by the appointment of counsel at the present time. 1 1 Petitioner has also requested an extension of time to file and serve a response to 2 respondent’s January 4, 2021 motion to dismiss. (ECF No. 29.) Petitioner requests this extension 3 as he was recently hospitalized, placed in quarantine, and transferred to another facility. (ECF 4 No. 29 at 2.) Good cause appearing, petitioner’s motion for extension of time will be granted. 5 Good cause appearing, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that: 6 1. Petitioner’s motion for appointment of counsel (ECF No. 29) is denied without 7 prejudice to a renewal of the motion at a later stage of the proceedings; 8 2. Petitioner’s motion for an extension of time (ECF No. 29) is granted; and 9 3. Petitioner shall file and serve his response to respondent’s motion to dismiss (ECF No. 10 25) within thirty days from the date of this order. 11 Dated: April 26, 2021 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 DB:14 19 DB:1/Orders/Prisoner/Habeas/R/thom2328.110+111(2) 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 2

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