Lang v. Curry

Filing 5

ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE. Signed by Judge Vaughn R Walker on 9/4/2009. (Attachments: # 1 proof of service)(cgk, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 9/8/2009)

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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 I Petitioner was convicted by a jury in Los Angeles County superior court of second degree murder, attempted robbery and Petitioner, a state prisoner incarcerated at the Correctional Training Facility in Soledad, California, has filed a pro se petition for a writ of habeas corpus under 28 USC 2254 challenging the September 22, 2006 decision of the Governor of the State of California to revoke a parole date granted him by the California Board of Prison Hearings ("BPH"). the $5.00 filing fee. Petitioner has paid v BEN CURRY Warden, Respondent. / LAURENCE DUANE LANG, Petitioner, ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE No C-09-3020 VRW (PR) IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 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 assault with a deadly weapon. Doc #1 at 2 & 22. In April 1981, he was sentenced to an indeterminate term of 15 years to life in state prison plus a determinate term of five years and eight months. at 22. On May 1, 2006, BPH held a tenth parole suitability hearing, found petitioner suitable for parole and set a parole date; however, the governor reversed BPH's parole suitability determination and revoked the parole date. Doc #1-1 at 1-2. Id Petitioner has unsuccessfully challenged the governor's decision in the state courts. Doc #1-1 at 18-26. On June 24, 2009, the Supreme Court of California denied his petition for writ of habeas corpus. Id at 18. II This court may entertain a petition for a 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." USC 2254(a). 28 It 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." Id 2243. Petitioner seeks federal habeas corpus relief from the decision of the governor to revoke a parole date granted him by BPH. Among other things, petitioner claims that the governor's decision is not supported by the evidence. Liberally construed, petitioner's claims appear colorable under 2254 and merit an answer from 2 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. See McQuillion v Duncan, 306 F3d 895, 902-03 (9th Cir 2002) (decision to rescind previously-granted parole release date implicated prisoner's liberty interest in release on parole, which cannot be denied without adequate procedural due process protections); see also Biggs v Terhune, 334 F3d 910, 914-15 (9th Cir 2003) (finding that initial refusal to set parole date for prisoner with 15-to-life sentence implicated prisoner's liberty interest in release on parole which cannot be denied without adequate procedural due process protections). III For the foregoing reasons and for good cause shown, 1. The clerk shall serve by certified mail a copy of this order and the petition and all attachments thereto on respondent and respondent's attorney, the Attorney General of the State of California. order on petitioner. 2. Respondent shall file with the court and serve on The clerk also shall serve a copy of this petitioner, within 60 days of the issuance of this order, 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 granted. Respondent shall file with the answer and serve on petitioner a copy of all portions of the state trial record that have been transcribed previously and that are relevant to a determination of the issues presented by the petition. If petitioner wishes to respond to the answer, he shall do so by filing a traverse with the court and serving it on respondent 3 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 within 30 days of his receipt of the answer. 3. In lieu of an answer, respondent may file a motion to dismiss on procedural grounds, as set forth in the Advisory Committee Notes to Rule 4 of the Rules Governing Section 2254 Cases. If respondent files such a motion, petitioner shall file with the court and serve on respondent an opposition or statement of non-opposition within 30 days of receipt of the motion, and respondent shall file with the court and serve on petitioner a reply within 15 days of receipt of any opposition. 4. Petitioner is reminded that all communications with the court must be served on respondent by mailing a true copy of the document to respondent's counsel. Petitioner must also keep the court and all parties informed of any change of address. IT IS SO ORDERED. VAUGHN R WALKER United States District Chief Judge G:\PRO-SE\VRW\HC.09\Lang-09-3020-bph-osc.wpd 4

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