Zepeda v. Sullivan

Filing 46

ORDER DENYING PETITIONER'S MOTION TO AMEND JUDGMENT AND MOTION TO EXPEDITE by Judge Phyllis J. Hamilton denying 39 Motion to Amend/Correct; denying as moot 40 Motion (Attachments: # 1 Certificate of Service) (nah, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 9/30/2008)

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 v. W. J. SULLIVAN, Warden, and JAMES E. TILTON, Secretary, Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, Respondents. / JAIME LEDESMA ZEPEDA, Petitioner, No. C 03-5668 PJH (PR) ORDER DENYING PETITIONER'S MOTION TO AMEND JUDGMENT AND MOTION TO EXPEDITE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA United United States District Court 11 For the Northern District of California 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 This is a habeas corpus case filed pro se by a state prisoner pursuant to 28 U.S.C. 2254. Petitioner has filed a motion to reconsider the denial of his habeas petition and a motion to expedite ruling on the motion to reconsider. In the motion to reconsider petitioner contends that the court erred in denying his motion for an evidentiary hearing because he had failed to carry his burden to show due diligence in attempting to develop the facts in state court. See Speitzer v. Schomig, 219 F.3d 639, 648-49 (7th Cir. 2000) (petitioner's burden to show due diligence). He contends that contrary to the court's conclusion that he had provided only a conclusory allegation that he had attempted to develop the facts in state court, he had alleged that he asked for an evidentiary hearing in the court of appeal and had alleged that both the petition and his request for an evidentiary hearing were denied. He is correct that he did make those allegations. Mot. Evidentiary Hr'g at 2. It is arguable that petitioner's allegations were not conclusory, although in the motion he does not provide information such as the date of the motion and does not provide a copy of it or the docket sheet. But whether or not the allegation was conclusory would 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 make no difference to the outcome, because in the motion for hearing petitioner does not provide even a conclusory allegation that he attempted to obtain an evidentiary hearing in superior court or the supreme court. Even taking the allegations of the motion as true, they are insufficient to show due diligence. See Williams (Michael) v. Taylor, 529 U.S. 420, 437 (2000) (diligence requires, at a minimum, attempt to obtain an evidentiary hearing in state court). In addition, the various ineffective assistance claims were denied because petitioner's allegations did not establish ineffective assistance, assuming their truth; because his legal theories were incorrect; and in some cases for lack of prejudice. Ruling at 7-23. It therefore is clear that petitioner did not allege facts sufficient to require relief to be granted if proved to be true, because the court rejected the claims on assumed facts or for reasons not dependent on the facts. See Earp v. Ornoski, 431 F.3d 1158, 1167 (9th Cir. 2005) (to trigger a right to an evidentiary hearing, among other things petitioner must allege "`specific facts which, if true, would entitle him to relief.'") (quoting Ortiz v. Stewart, 149 F.3d 923, 934 (9th Cir. 1998)). Petitioner's other arguments in the motion to reconsider also are without merit. For these reasons, the motion to reconsider (document number 39 on the docket) is DENIED. The motion to expedite (document number 40) is DENIED as moot. IT IS SO ORDERED. Dated: September 30, 2008. PHYLLIS J. HAMILTON United States District Judge United States District Court 11 For the Northern District of California 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 G:\PRO-SE\PJH\HC.03\ZEPEDA668.REC.wpd 2

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