BROWN v. SECRETARY DEPT OF CORRECTIONS
ORDER GRANTING 4 MOTION for Leave to Proceed in forma pauperis filed by DANIEL BROWN. Clerk directed to serve copy of 1 Petition w/this order to Respondent and Florida Attorney General via regular mail. (Answer due by 8/17/2011; Reply by Petitioner due by 9/19/2011, if desired.). Signed by MAGISTRATE JUDGE GARY R JONES on 5/17/2011. (Petition w/copy of order to Respondent and Florida Atty General.) (jws)
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IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE
NORTHERN DISTRICT OF FLORIDA
CASE NO. 1:11-cv-67-MP -GRJ
This matter is before the Court on Doc. 1, a petition for a writ of habeas corpus
pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2254, and Doc. 4, Petitioner’s motion for leave to proceed as a
pauper. Petitioner’s motion is due to be granted, and the Respondent will be directed
to file a response to the Petition.
The response shall be styled as an answer unless a motion to dismiss the
petition, in whole or in part, due to a failure to exhaust state remedies, a procedural bar,
non-retroactivity, or a statute of limitations is appropriate, in which case such ground
shall be asserted by motion. See § 2254 Rule 4 and Advisory Committee Notes (Court
may authorize Respondent to address procedural bars by way of a motion to dismiss,
“which may avoid burdening the Respondent with the necessity of filing an answer on
the substantive merits of the petition.”); § 2254 Rule 5(b). If a motion to dismiss some
or all of the claims on a procedural ground is filed, Respondent need not also file an
answer as to the merits of those claims only until the Court rules on the motion
asserting the procedural ground. See id. Respondent may respond to the merits of the
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Petition without waiving the exhaustion requirement. See § 2254(b)(2) and §
Petitioner may file a reply to any of Respondent's arguments, including a motion
to dismiss, within the time set by this order, but is not required to do so. § 2254 Rule
The Court will review the record after the answer (or other motion) and
Petitioner’s reply (if any) are filed. If it does not appear that a hearing or additional
argument is warranted, then the undersigned will make appropriate disposition of the
motion or petition. If an evidentiary hearing is warranted and permitted,1 counsel will be
appointed. § 2254 Rule 8. Accordingly, it is
ORDERED AND ADJUDGED:
1. Petitioner’s motion for leave to proceed as a pauper, Doc. 4, is GRANTED.
2. The clerk shall serve a copy of the Petition, Doc. 1, along with this order, to
Respondent and the Attorney General of the State of Florida via regular mail.
3. Respondent shall file an answer or other pleading on or before August 17,
2011. If voluminous exhibits or records (such as transcripts) are submitted in
support of the answer, paper copies shall be provided to the court.
4. Petitioner shall have until September 19, 2011, to file a reply, if desired.
DONE AND ORDERED this 17th day of May 2011.
s/Gary R. Jones
GARY R. JONES
United States Magistrate Judge
Section 2254(e)(2) generally bars the court from granting an evidentiary hearing
if the Petitioner failed to properly develop the facts in support of his claim in state court.
Schriro v. Landrigan, 550 U.S. 465, 473-74 n.1 (2007). Even where not barred by the
statute, the Court has the discretion to deny a hearing if the record refutes the
allegations or otherwise precludes relief. Id. (citations omitted).
Case No: 1:111-cv-67-MP-GRJ
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