Melina v. Pollard
ORDER to File Pre-Answer Response, by Magistrate Judge Boyd N. Boland on 7/15/14. (morti, )
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLORADO
Civil Action No. 14-cv-00637-BNB
DANIEL G. MELINA,
WILLIAM POLLARD, Warden, and
THE ATTORNEY GENERAL OF THE STATE OF COLORADO,
ORDER TO FILE PRE-ANSWER RESPONSE
As part of the preliminary consideration of the Application for a Writ of Habeas
Corpus Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2254 (ECF No. 6) in this case, the Court has
determined that a limited Pre-Answer Response is appropriate. Respondents are
directed pursuant to Rule 4 of the Rules Governing Section 2254 Cases in the United
States District Courts and to Denson v. Abbott, 554 F.Supp. 2d 1206 (D. Colo. 2008), to
file a Pre-Answer Response limited to addressing the affirmative defenses of timeliness
under 28 U.S.C. § 2244(d) and/or exhaustion of state court remedies under 28 U.S.C. §
2254(b)(1)(A). If Respondents do not intend to raise either of these affirmative
defenses, they must notify the Court of that decision in the Pre-Answer Response.
Respondents may not file a dispositive motion as their Pre-Answer Response, or an
Answer, or otherwise address the merits of the claims in response to this Order.
In support of the Pre-Answer Response, Respondents should attach as exhibits
all relevant portions of the state court record, including but not limited to copies of all
documents demonstrating whether this action is filed in a timely manner and/or whether
Applicant has exhausted state court remedies.
Applicant may reply to the Pre-Answer Response and provide any information
that might be relevant to the one-year limitation period under 28 U.S.C. § 2244(d)
and/or the exhaustion of state court remedies. Applicant also should include
information relevant to equitable tolling, specifically as to whether he has pursued his
claims diligently and whether some extraordinary circumstance prevented him from
filing a timely 28 U.S.C. § 2254 action in this Court. Accordingly, it is
ORDERED that within twenty-one days from the date of this Order
Respondent The Attorney General of the State of Colorado shall file a Pre-Answer
Response that complies with this Order and addresses whether a stay is warranted in
this case. It is
FURTHER ORDERED that within twenty-one days of the filing of the PreAnswer Response Applicant may file a Reply, if he desires. It is
FURTHER ORDERED that if Respondents do not intend to raise either of the
affirmative defenses of timeliness or exhaustion of state court remedies, they must
notify the Court of that decision in the Pre-Answer Response.
Dated: July 15, 2014
BY THE COURT:
s/Boyd N. Boland
United States Magistrate Judge
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