Douglas v. Gilbert
ORDER that the Court interprets Petitioner's Reply 12 as a Motion to Amend the Petition and the Reply is hereby re-named. Respondent shall file a response to the Motion to Amend the Petition on or before 11/3/17. If Petitioner wishes to file a reply to Respondent's response, he must do so on or before 12/1/17. The Clerk is directed to re-name Docket 12 to "Motion to Amend the Petition and note it for consideration on 12/1/2017. Signed by Magistrate Judge David W. Christel. **SEE ORDER FOR DETAILS** **2 PAGE(S), PRINT ALL**(James Douglas, Prisoner ID: 891542)(CMG)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
WESTERN DISTRICT OF WASHINGTON
JAMES PHILIP DOUGLAS,
CASE NO. 3:16-CV-06060-BHS-DWC
The District Court has referred this 28 U.S.C. § 2254 action to United States Magistrate
Judge David W. Christel. On August 9, 2017, the undersigned entered a Report and
Recommendation (“R&R”) recommending Petitioner James Philip Douglas’s federal habeas
Petition be denied. Dkt. 16. After Petitioner filed Objections (Dkt. 17), the Honorable Benjamin
H. Settle, the District Judge assigned to this case, adopted in part the R&R and “Petitioner’s
claims for a speedy trial violation, an ex post facto violation, and ineffective assistance of
counsel [were] dismissed.” Dkt. 18, p. 3 (emphasis omitted). Judge Settle, however, remanded
this action “for further proceedings to determine whether the petition may be amended to add the
claim raised in Petitioner’s reply.” Id.
ORDER - 1
The Court, therefore, interprets Petitioner’s Reply (Dkt. 12) as a Motion to Amend the
2 Petition and the Reply is hereby re-named “Motion to Amend the Petition.” To ensure the parties
3 have an opportunity to respond the Motion to Amend the Petition, the Court orders:
1. Respondent to file a response to the Motion to Amend the Petition on or before
November 3, 2017. The response should specifically address whether the Petition
may be amended to add the Sixth Amendment claim. 1
2. If Plaintiff wishes to file a reply to Respondent’s response to the Motion to
Amend the Petition, he must do so on or before December 1, 2017.
The Clerk is directed to re-name Docket 12 to “Motion to Amend the Petition” and note it
10 for consideration on December 1, 2017.
Dated this 5th day of October, 2017.
David W. Christel
United States Magistrate Judge
In his Reply, Petitioner alleges, for the first time, his counsel was ineffective for failing to argue for a
lesser included offense on the assault charges. Dkt 12. Petitioner also alleges the state court violated Petitioner’s
rights by failing to appoint counsel during the sentencing phase of his second trial. Id. In his Objections to the R&R,
Petitioner alleges only that the state court violated his rights by failing to appoint counsel during the sentencing
phase of his trial. See Dkt. 17. Judge Settle’s Order only discusses Petitioner’s assertion that he was denied his Sixth
Amendment right to counsel during the second phase of his trial. See Dkt. 18.
ORDER - 2
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