Lee v. Wong

Filing 4

ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE. Signed by Judge Jeremy Fogel on 2/26/10. (dlm, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 3/9/2010)

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 NOT FOR CITATION IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA ROBERT LEE, Petitioner, vs. ROBERT K. WONG, Warden, Respondent. ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) No. C 09-04951 JF (PR) ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE Petitioner, a California inmate currently incarcerated at San Quentin State Prison, seeks petition in pro se for a writ of habeas corpus pursuant to 28 U.S.C. 2254, challenging the 2008 denial of parole by the Board of Parole Hearings (the "Board"). Petitioner has paid the filing fee. The Court orders Respondent to show cause why the petition should not be granted. STATEMENT In 1977, Petitioner was sentenced to a term of 7 years to life in state prison after a jury found him guilty of kidnapping for robbery with the use of a firearm, with two prior felonies in Fresno County Superior Court. (Pet. at 3.) The Board found Petitioner unsuitable for parole after a parole suitability hearing on May 13, 2008. Petitioner sought Order to Show Cause P:\PRO-SE\SJ.JF\HC.09\Lee04951_osc-parole.wpd 1 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 habeas relief in the state superior, appellate, and supreme courts, all of which denied relief. Petitioner filed the instant federal petition on October 19, 2009. DISCUSSION A. Standard of Review 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); Rose v. Hodges, 423 U.S. 19, 21 (1975). A district court 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. B. Petitioner's Claims As grounds for federal habeas relief, Petitioner claims that the Board's decision to deny parole violated due process because it was not based on some evidence that he is a "current unreasonable risk to public safety if released" from prison. (Pet. Attach. Insert A at 1.) Liberally construed, Petitioner's claim is cognizable under 2254. The Court orders Respondent to show cause why the petition for a writ of habeas corpus should not be granted. CONCLUSION 1. The Clerk shall serve by mail a copy of this order and the petition and all attachments thereto upon the Respondent and the Respondent's attorney, the Attorney General of the State of California. The Clerk shall also serve a copy of this order on the Petitioner. 2. Respondent shall file with the Court and serve on Petitioner, within sixty (60) days of the date this order is filed, an answer conforming in all respects to Rule 5 of the Rules Governing Section 2254 Cases, showing cause why a writ of habeas corpus Order to Show Cause P:\PRO-SE\SJ.JF\HC.09\Lee04951_osc-parole.wpd 2 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 should not be granted. Respondent shall file with the answer and serve on Petitioner a copy of all portions of the state parole 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 within thirty (30) days of his receipt of the answer. 3. Respondent may file a motion to dismiss on procedural grounds in lieu of an answer, 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 thirty (30) days of receipt of the motion, and Respondent shall file with the court and serve on Petitioner a reply within fifteen (15) days of receipt of any opposition. 4. It is Petitioner's responsibility to prosecute this case. 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 keep the Court and all parties informed of any change of address by filing a separate paper captioned "Notice of Change of Address." He must comply with the Court's orders in a timely fashion. Failure to do so may result in the dismissal of this action for failure to prosecute pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 41(b). IT IS SO ORDERED. 2/26/10 DATED: ___________________ JEREMY FOGEL United States District Judge Order to Show Cause P:\PRO-SE\SJ.JF\HC.09\Lee04951_osc-parole.wpd 3 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA ROBERT LEE, Petitioner, v. ROBERT K. WONG, Warden, Respondent. / Case Number: CV09-04951 JF CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE I, the undersigned, hereby certify that I am an employee in the Office of the Clerk, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California. , I SERVED a true and correct copy(ies) of the That on 3/9/10 attached, by placing said copy(ies) in a postage paid envelope addressed to the person(s) hereinafter listed, by depositing said envelope in the U.S. Mail, or by placing said copy(ies) into an inter-office delivery receptacle located in the Clerk's office. Robert Lee B-22267 San Quentin State Prison San Quentin, CA 94974 Dated: 3/9/10 Richard W. Wieking, Clerk

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