Boyett v. Smith et al
ORDER by District Judge Kenneth J. Gonzales adopting 17 Magistrate Judge's Proposed Findings and Recommended Disposition; and granting 18 Petitioner's Motion for Order of Dismissal of Unexhausted Claims in Plaintiff's 28 U.S.C. Section 2254 Petition. (tah)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF NEW MEXICO
No. CV 17-374 KG/CG
R.C. SMITH, et al.,
ORDER ADOPTING PROPOSED FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDED DISPOSITION AND
GRANTING MOTION TO DISMISS UNEXHAUSTED CLAIMS
THIS MATTER is before the Court on Magistrate Judge Carmen E. Garza’s Proposed
Findings and Recommended Disposition (the “PFRD”), (Doc. 17), filed October 2, 2017; and
Petitioner Cecil Boyett’s Motion for Order of Dismissal of Unexhausted Claims in Plaintiff’s 28
U.S.C. Section 2254 Petition (the “Motion to Dismiss”), (Doc. 18), filed October 13, 2017. In
the PFRD, Judge Garza found that Petitioner filed a “mixed” petition and recommended allowing
Petitioner fourteen days to amend his Petition Under 28 U.S.C. § 2254 for Writ of Habeas
Corpus (the “Petition”), (Doc. 1), to include only claims that Petitioner has exhausted in state
court. (Doc. 17 at 1, 17).
The parties were informed that objections to the PFRD were due within fourteen days.
Id. at 17. Neither party objected to the PFRD’s analysis or recommendation. Instead, Petitioner
filed the Motion to Dismiss, stating he is willing dismiss his unexhausted claims and proceed
with his exhausted claims as determined by Judge Garza. (Doc. 18 at 1). Judge Garza found that
Petitioner’s exhausted claims are: (1) ineffective assistance of counsel regarding Petitioner’s trial
counsel’s failure to call an expert witness on specific intent; (2) denial of Petitioner’s right to be
present at every stage of trial; (3) denial of due process arising from the trial court’s refusal to
instruct the jury on inability to form specific intent; and (4) denial of due process arising out of
the trial court’s refusal to instruct the jury on defense of habitation. (Doc. 17 at 15).
Respondents have not responded to the Motion to Dismiss and the time for doing so has
passed. However, in their Answer to Cecil Boyett’s pro se Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus
(18 U.S.C. § 2254) [Doc. 1] (the “Answer”), Respondents requested a reasonable period of time
in which to amend their answer if Petitioner amended the Petition. (Doc. 11 at 15). Respondents
have only argued that Petitioner failed to exhaust all the claims he brought in the Petition and
have not answered the merits of Petitioner’s claims.
IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED that Petitioner’s unexhausted claims are DISMISSED
and Petitioner may move forward with his exhausted claims. Fairchild v. Workman, 579 F.3d
1134, 1156 (10th Cir. 2009).
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that Respondents shall have until November 20, 2017, to
amend their Answer to respond to the merits of Petitioner’s exhausted claims. Petitioner shall
have until December 4, 2017, to reply to Respondent’s Amended Answer.
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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