Dawson v. Harrington
ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE: The clerk shall serve by certified mail a copy of this order, the petition and all attachments thereto upon respondent and respondent's attorney, the Attorney General of the State of California. The clerk shall also serve a copy of this order on petitioner and petitioner's counsel at the mailing address provided. Respondent's answer is due 5/29/09. Petitioner's optional traverse is due 6/30/09. (SI, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 3/3/2009) (Additional attachment(s) added on 3/4/2009: # 1 cs) (ys, COURT STAFF).
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 United United States District Court For the Northern District of California 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 v. KELLY HARRINGTON, Respondent. / BENJAMIN DAWSON, Petitioner, No. C 09-783 SI ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
Petitioner Benjamin Dawson has filed a petition for a writ of habeas corpus pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2254. His petition is now before the Court for review pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2243 and Rule 4 of the Rules Governing Section 2254 Cases. This Court may entertain a petition for writ of habeas corpus "in behalf of a person in custody pursuant to the judgment of a State court only on the ground that he is in custody in violation of the Constitution or laws or treaties of the United States." 28 U.S.C. § 2254(a). A district court considering an application for a writ of habeas corpus shall "award the writ or issue an order directing the respondent to show cause why the writ should not be granted, unless it appears from the application that the applicant or person detained is not entitled thereto." 28 U.S.C. § 2243. Summary dismissal is appropriate only where the allegations in the petition are vague or conclusory, palpably incredible, or patently frivolous or false. See Hendricks v. Vasquez, 908 F.2d 490, 491 (9th Cir. 1990). The Court finds that the claims raised in the petition are cognizable in a federal habeas action. The clerk shall serve by certified mail a copy of this order, the petition and all attachments thereto upon respondent and respondent's attorney, the Attorney General of the State of California. The clerk shall also serve a copy of this order on petitioner and petitioner's counsel at the mailing address provided.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 United States District Court For the Northern District of California 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28
Respondent must file and serve upon petitioner, on or before May 29, 2009, an answer conforming in all respects to Rule 5 of the Rules Governing Section 2254 Cases, showing cause why a writ of habeas corpus should not be issued. Respondent must file with the answer a copy of all portions of the transcript that have been previously transcribed and that are relevant to a determination of the issues presented by the petition. If petitioner wishes to respond to the answer, he must do so by filing a traverse with the Court and serving it on respondent on or before June 30, 2009.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
Dated: March 3, 2009
SUSAN ILLSTON United States District Judge
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