Welker v. Hartley

Filing 37

ORDER by Judge Ronald M. Whyte Denying 26 Motion to Compel; Granting 24 Motion for Extension of Time to File Supplemental Traverse. (jg, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 8/17/2010)

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Welker v. Hartley Doc. 37 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 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA GREGORY WELKER, Petitioner, vs. JAMES HARTLEY, Warden, Respondent. ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) No. C 08-4551 RMW (PR) ORDER DENYING MOTION TO COMPEL; GRANTING EXTENSION OF TIME TO FILE SUPPLEMENTAL TRAVERSE (Docket Nos. 24, 26) *E-FILED - 8/17/10* Petitioner, a state prisoner proceeding pro se, seeks a writ of habeas corpus pursuant to 28 U.S.C. 2254. The court reviewed petitioner's petition and on November 12, 2008, the court ordered respondent to show cause why the petition should not be granted. On June 1, 2009, respondent filed a supporting memorandum and an notice of lodging exhibits. Thereafter, petitioner stated that respondent never served him with any exhibits that were alleged to accompany respondent's response to the order to show cause. Further, petitioner requested the respondent file and serve additional transcripts of hearings held in the state court. On May 11, 2010, the court granted petitioner's request, observing that respondent had also neglected to file exhibits with this court. On June 9, 2010, respondent acknowledged that he inadvertently did not file nor serve the court or petitioner with the answer or exhibits as he intended. Respondent stated that he would do so contemporaneously with the filing of his June 9, 2010 response. Regarding the Order Denying Motion to Compel; Granting Extension of Time to File Supplemental Traverse P:\PRO-SE\SJ.Rmw\HC.08\Welker551misc.wpd Dockets.Justia.com 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 additional transcripts that petitioner requested, respondent stated that not only did he not have access to those transcripts, but also that those hearing dates were never transcribed. In support of respondent's assertion, he attached the docket sheet from petitioner's state appellate case which indicated the hearing dates appellate counsel ordered for transcription. On July 2, 2010, petitioner filed a motion to compel respondent to comply with providing the additional transcripts. Additionally, petitioner requests that respondent provide a transcript for one more hearing date. On July 7, 2010, respondent filed his opposition. Respondent argues that the requested transcripts that have not already been provided to petitioner are irrelevant to petitioner's federal claims. Moreover, respondent states that he has provided the entire state court record as considered by the state courts in petitioner's underlying conviction and sentence. In its order to show cause, this court found the following claims cognizable for federal habeas relief: (1) counsel provided ineffective assistance for failing to object to factors considered at sentencing to increase petitioner's sentence, and (2) counsel provided ineffective assistance for failing to advise petitioner of the consequences of his conviction pursuant to California's Sexually Violent Predator's Act. Respondent avers that he has filed all state transcripts relevant to the claims raised in this federal action, including both the change of plea and sentencing hearings. Accordingly, the court DENIES petitioner's motion to compel. Upon further review, should the court discover that additional state court transcripts or pleadings are necessary, it will order the hearings transcribed and produced at that time. Petitioner's motion for an enlargement of time to file an amended traverse is GRANTED. Petitioner shall file any supplemental traverse within thirty (30) days of the filing date of this order. This order terminates docket numbers 24 and 26. IT IS SO ORDERED. 8/17/10 DATED: _______________ RONALD M. WHYTE United States District Judge Order Denying Motion to Compel; Granting Extension of Time to File Supplemental Traverse 2 P:\PRO-SE\SJ.Rmw\HC.08\Welker551misc.wpd

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