Noel v. Walker

Filing 28

ORDER by Judge Edward M. Chen Denying 24 Petitioner's Motion; Granting 25 26 27 Petitioner's Motion/Requests for Extension of Time; and Denying 25 Petitioner's Request for Appointment of Counsel. (Attachments: # 1 Certificate of Service). (emcsec, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 1/18/2012)

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1 2 3 4 5 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 6 NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 7 8 PATRICK E. NOEL, 9 Petitioner, 13 ORDER DENYING PETITIONER'S "MOTION TO DISMISS, GRANTING WRIT OF HABEAS CORPUS"; GRANTING PETITIONER'S MOTION/REQUESTS FOR EXTENSION OF TIME; AND DENYING PETITIONER'S REQUEST FOR APPOINTMENT OF COUNSEL 14 (Docket Nos. 24-27) 10 v. 11 For the Northern District of California United States District Court No. C-08-3777 EMC (pr) JAMES WALKER, Warden, 12 Respondent. ___________________________________/ 15 16 Petitioner filed a "motion to dismiss, granting writ of habeas corpus," in which he urged the 17 Court to grant his habeas petition because respondent had not filed an answer. However, 18 Respondent did file an answer before the extended deadline. Petitioner's motion is DENIED. 19 (Docket # 24.) 20 Petitioner also requested an extension of the deadline for his traverse. Upon due 21 consideration, the request is GRANTED. (Docket # 25, # 26, # 27.) No later than February 13, 22 2012, Petitioner must file and serve his traverse. 23 In his request for extension of the deadline to file his traverse, Petitioner renewed his request 24 for appointment of counsel. (The Court denied an earlier request for counsel in a January 21, 2009 25 order.) A district court may appoint counsel to represent a habeas petitioner whenever "the court 26 determines that the interests of justice so require and such person is financially unable to obtain 27 representation." 18 U.S.C. ยง 3006A(a)(2)(B). The decision to appoint counsel is within the 28 discretion of the district court. See Chaney v. Lewis, 801 F.2d 1191, 1196 (9th Cir. 1986). 1 Appointment is mandatory only when the circumstances of a particular case indicate that appointed 2 counsel is necessary to prevent due process violations. See id. The interests of justice do not require 3 appointment of counsel at this time. The request for appointment of counsel is DENIED. (Docket # 4 25.) 5 Petitioner stated in a recent filing that he "has not herd (sic) any thing regarding the 6 Reassignment order dated 6-6-11? Requesting a Joint Case Management Conference Statement." 7 (Docket # 24.) The reassignment simply means that a new judge is now presiding over the case. 8 The case management conference statements are not necessary in this habeas action. At this time, 9 the Court is waiting for Petitioner to file his traverse. Once Petitioner files his traverse (or the 11 For the Northern District of California United States District Court 10 deadline to do so passes), the petition will be taken under submission for decision. This order disposes of Docket Nos. 24, 25, 26, and 27. 12 13 IT IS SO ORDERED. 14 15 Dated: January 18, 2012 16 _________________________ EDWARD M. CHEN United States District Judge 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 2

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