PRICE v. WARREN et al
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER denying 27 Motion to Compel; ORDERED that respondent shall file and serve pages 5-6 of the 8/9/2004 transcript (Dkt. No. 10-5} within 14 days of the date of this Order. Signed by Judge Robert B. Kugler on 3/23/2015. (dmr)(n.m.)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
DISTRICT OF NEW JERSEY
Civ. No. 12-2238 (RBK)
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER
CHARLES WARREN, et al.,
Petitioner is a state prisoner proceeding pro se with a petition for writ of habeas corpus
pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2254. Among the claims that petitioner raises in his habeas petition is
that his trial counsel was ineffective for failing to file a motion to suppress the evidence because
an arrest warrant was invalid. Presently pending before the Court is petitioner’s motion to
compel the respondent to provide a copy of the arrest warrant for petitioner that was reportedly
issued on June 29, 2000. (See Dkt. No. 27.) Petitioner claims that he needs a copy of this arrest
warrant to prove his case.
Petitioner’s motion to compel will be denied without prejudice. Respondent admits that
the arrest warrant was invalid. (See Dkt. No. 9 at p. 65 (“The State of New Jersey concedes that
the warrant was invalid.”).) Therefore, it appears, moving forward, that the issue will be whether
petitioner’s trial counsel’s performance fell below an objective standard of reasonableness by not
moving to suppress evidence due to the invalid arrest warrant and whether petitioner was
prejudiced. At this time, and in light of the respondent’s admission, the actual arrest warrant
presumably will not be necessary to decide this ineffective assistance of counsel claim.
Nevertheless, in the context of reviewing petitioner’s other claims, another procedural
matter has come to the Court’s attention. Petitioner argues in one of his claims that the trial
court erred in denying his motion for recusal. (See Dkt. No. 1 at p. 7-8.) In analyzing this claim,
this Court must review the last reasoned state court decision. See Bond v. Beard, 539 F.3d 256,
289-90 (3d Cir. 2008). The last reasoned decision on this claim was from the trial court which
denied petitioner’s motion for recusal from the bench as the Appellate Division denied this claim
without discussion on direct appeal. However, the transcripts provided to the Court by
respondent are missing pages 5-6 of the August 9, 2004 transcript where the trial court denied
the motion for recusal. (See Dkt. No. 10-5.) Therefore, the respondent shall be ordered to file
the missing two pages of the transcript so that the Court can rule on petitioner’s recusal claim.
Once those missing pages are filed, petitioner’s entire habeas petition will be analyzed in due
Accordingly, IT IS this 23rd day of March, 2015,
ORDERED that petitioner’s motion to compel (Dkt. No. 27.) is denied without prejudice;
and it is further
ORDERED that respondent shall file and serve pages 5-6 of the August 9, 2004 transcript
(Dkt. No. 10-5.) within fourteen (14) days of the date of this Order.
s/Robert B. Kugler
ROBERT B. KUGLER
United States District Judge
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