Baca v. USA
ORDER by Magistrate Judge Jerry H. Ritter granting 4 Motion of Notice and Request. Petitioner may file an amended petition on or before 2/8/2021; Respondent shall file an answer on or before 3/10/2021. (cd)
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IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF NEW MEXICO
Civ. No. 20-cv-886 KG-JHR
CR. No. 18-cr-3067 KG-JHR
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,
THIS MATTER is before the Court on Petitioner Israel Baca’s Motion of Notice and
Request, [Doc. 4], filed January 4, 2021. Having thoroughly reviewed the parties’ submission and
the relevant law, the Court grants the Motion.
On August 31, 2020, Petitioner filed a Motion to Vacate Convictions Under 28 U.S.C. §
2255. [Doc. 1]. Respondent was ordered to Answer by January 15, 2021. [Doc. 3]. On January 4,
2021, Petitioner filed the Motion of Notice and Request currently before the Court. [Doc. 4].
In the current Motion, Petitioner notified the Court that he intends to file a Motion for Leave
to Supplement and Amend his § 2255 motion. [Doc. 4, p. 3]. Petitioner asks the Court to stay the
proceedings and order Respondent to only answer after Petitioner filed his supplement. [Doc. 4,
pp. 2-3]. Petitioner requests a stay due to USP Florence’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic
which includes, among other things, limitations on Petitioner’s ability to access the law library.
[Doc. 4, pp. 2, 7].
Courts have inherent authority to, among other things, regulate their docket and promote
judicial efficiency. Martinez v. IRS, 744 F.2d 71, 73 (10th Cir. 1984). In the interest of justice and
in light of Petitioner’s current lack of access to the law library, the Court grants Petitioner’s Motion
of Notice and Request.
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IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED that Petitioner’s Motion of Notice and Request [Doc. 4]
is GRANTED as follows: Petitioner may file an amended petition on or before February 8, 2021;
Respondent shall file an answer on or before March 10, 2021.
JERRY H. RITTER
UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
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