Love v. Woods

Filing 10

ORDER Directing Counsel for Petitioner to Inform the Court Whether She Still Represents Petitioner. Signed by District Judge Matthew F. Leitman. (HMon)

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UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT EASTERN DISTRICT OF MICHIGAN SOUTHERN DIVISION MENDO LOVE, Petitioner, Case No. 15-14497 Hon. Matthew F. Leitman v. PAUL KLEE, Respondent. _____________________________/ ORDER DIRECTING COUNSEL FOR PETITIONER TO INFORM THE COURT WHETHER SHE STILL REPRESENTS PETITIONER On December 30, 2015, attorney Suzanna Kostovski filed a petition for a writ of habeas corpus on behalf of Petitioner Mendo Love. (See ECF #1.) The Petition challenged Love’s 2012 state-court convictions for first-degree murder, armed robbery, and felony-firearm on the basis that Love was denied the effective assistance of trial counsel. (See id.) Ms. Kostovski also filed a reply brief on Love’s behalf. (See ECF #8.) On August 22, 2017, Love filed a pro se motion in which he asks the Court to hold the Petition in abeyance while he returns to state court and exhausts a new and unexhausted claim that he is actually innocent of the crimes for which he was convicted. (See ECF #9.) In that motion, Love further states that he “no longer has counsel due to [a] significant Attorney-Client relationship breakdown.” (Id. at Pg. 1 ID 961.) To date, Ms. Kostovski has not filed a motion to withdraw as counsel for Love nor has she otherwise informed the Court that she no longer represents Love. Accordingly, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED THAT within fourteen (14) days of this Order, Ms. Kostovski shall either (1) file a motion to withdraw as Love’s counsel or (2) inform the Court in writing that she remains Love’s counsel. s/Matthew F. Leitman MATTHEW F. LEITMAN UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE Dated: November 13, 2017 I hereby certify that a copy of the foregoing document was served upon the parties and/or counsel of record on November 13, 2017, by electronic means and/or ordinary mail. s/Holly A. Monda Case Manager (810) 341-9764 2

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