Bergna v. Benedetti et al
ORDERED that Leah Wigren, Esq., is appointed as counsel for petitioner. FURTHER ORD P shall have until up to and including 3/16/2014 to file an amended petition and/or seek other appropriate relief. FURTHER ORD that P may incorporate, in whole or in part, the current # 13 Amended petition and exhibits by reference, Local Rule LR 15-1(a) notwithstanding. FURTHER ORD that any additional state court record exhibits filed herein by either P or Rs shall be filed as specified herein. The hard copy of any exhibits filed by either counsel shall be delivered to the Clerk's office in Las Vegas. The Clerk shall: (a) regenerate notices of electronic filing to replacement counsel for all prior filings; and (b) SEND a copy of this or der to Mr. Bergna and to the CJA Coordinator.( Regenerated NEFs #1 - #53 to Attorney Leah Wigren on 9/17/2013; Order mailed to P at NNCC 9/17/2013; NEF to CJA Coordinator on 9/17/2013.) Signed by Chief Judge Robert C. Jones on 9/16/2013. (Copies have been distributed pursuant to the NEF - DRM)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
DISTRICT OF NEVADA
PETER M. BERGNA,
JAMES BENEDETTI, et al.
Following upon the Court’s prior order (#53) vacating the appointment of the Federal
IT IS ORDERED that Leah Wigren, Esq., is appointed as counsel for petitioner
pursuant to 18 U.S.C. § 3006A(a)(2)(B).
IT FURTHER IS ORDERED that, given the length of the present counseled amended
petition and the time for review and possible investigation likely required for replacement
counsel, petitioner shall have until up to and including one hundred eighty (180) days from
entry of this order within which to file an amended petition and/or seek other appropriate relief.
Neither the foregoing deadline nor any extension thereof signifies or will signify, in and of
itself, any implied finding of a basis for tolling during the time period established. Petitioner
at all times remains responsible for calculating the running of the limitation period and timely
asserting claims. The Court will screen any amended petition filed prior to further action.
IT FURTHER IS ORDERED that, also given the length of the present counseled
amended petition, petitioner may incorporate, in whole or in part, the current amended petition
(#13) and exhibits by reference, Local Rule LR 15-1(a) notwithstanding. That is, for this
particular case, petitioner need not file a stand-alone pleading re-alleging claims and
allegations from the current amended petition without incorporation. Petitioner instead may
file an amended pleading incorporating the current amended petition in whole or in part. If
petitioner adds additional grounds, petitioner shall number the first new ground as Ground 11,
even if petitioner elects to omit any of the Grounds 1 through 10 presented in the prior
amended petition.1 If petitioner instead elects, following a conflict-free review, to stand on the
current amended petition as is in full, then petitioner simply can file a notice to that effect, so
long as the notice expressly specifies whether Ground 9 remains abandoned. See #44.
IT FURTHER IS ORDERED that any additional state court record exhibits filed herein
by either petitioner or respondents shall be filed with a separate index of exhibits identifying
the exhibits by number or letter, with petitioner starting at 300 (see #36). The CM/ECF
attachments that are filed further shall be identified by the number or numbers of the exhibits
in the attachment (i.e., in the same manner as in ## 14-26). The hard copy of any exhibits
filed by either counsel shall be delivered to the Clerk's office in Las Vegas.
The Clerk shall: (a) regenerate notices of electronic filing to replacement counsel for
all prior filings; and (b) SEND a copy of this order to Mr. Bergna and to the CJA Coordinator.
DATED: This 16th day of September, 2013.
ROBERT C. JONES
Chief United States District Judge
For example, if petitioner adopts the current Grounds 1 through 10 in full and adds
a new Ground 11, the amended pleading filed would state that Grounds 1 through 10 from
the current amended petition are incorporated in full and realleged in extenso and then
would allege Ground 11 next in sequence. If petitioner seeks to assert, e.g., new claims of
ineffective assistance of counsel and/or expanded claims of cumulative error covering
both prior and new claims, petitioner should do so in such added numbered grounds, with
subparts as appropriate. The Court is seeking to keep the same numbering of grounds
without regard to whether certain grounds subsequently have been omitted or resolved.
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