(HC) Franco v. Espinoza, No. 1:2018cv00057 - Document 15 (E.D. Cal. 2018)

Court Description: FINDINGS and RECOMMENDATIONS for Dismissal of Petition for Failure to Obey a Court Order; Court Clerk to Assign District Judge, signed by Magistrate Judge Sheila K. Oberto on 11/9/18. This case is assigned to District Judge Dale A. Drozd and Magistrate Judge Sheila K. Oberto. The New Case No. is: 1:18-cv-0057-DAD-SKO. Referred to Judge Drozd. Objections to F&R Due Within Thirty Days. (Gonzalez, R)
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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 9 EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 10 11 MARIA ANTONIA FRANCO, 12 Petitioner, 13 14 No. 1:18-cv-00057-SKO (HC) v. JANEL ESPINOZA, Warden, 15 Respondent. 16 FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDATIONS FOR DISMISSAL OF PETITIONER FOR FAILURE TO OBEY A COURT ORDER COURT CLERK TO ASSIGN DISTRICT JUDGE (Doc. 13) 17 18 On November 3, 2017, Petitioner, Maria Antonia Franco, a state prisoner proceeding pro 19 20 se, filed a petition for writ of habeas corpus pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2254. The Court referred the 21 matter to the Magistrate Judge pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1) and Local Rules 302 and 304. 22 On January 25, 2018, the Court stayed proceedings pursuant to Rhines v. Weber, 544 U.S. 23 269, 275 (1995), to permit Petitioner to exhaust certain claims in state court. (Doc. 16.) The order 24 directed Petitioner to file, within 30 days of the California Supreme Court's issuing a final order 25 resolving her claims, a motion to lift the stay and an amended petition setting forth all exhausted 26 27 claims. 28 1 1 On October 9, 2018, Petitioner notified the Court that on September 19, 2018, the California 2 Supreme Court denied review of her petition. Although more than thirty days have passed after the 3 California Supreme Court issued a final order, Petitioner did not file a motion to lift the stay and 4 an amended petition. 5 On October 23, 2018, the Court ordered Petitioner to show cause within fifteen days why 6 7 her petition should not be dismissed for failure to obey the Court’s order filed January 25, 2018. 8 More than fifteen days have passed, but Petitioner failed to respond to the Court’s order to show 9 cause. 10 11 The Court has the discretion to impose any and all sanctions authorized by statute or rule or within the inherent power of the Court, including dismissal of an action based on Petitioner’s failure 12 13 to comply with a court order. Fed .R. Civ. P. 11; Local R. 110. Certificate of Appealability 14 15 A petitioner seeking a writ of habeas corpus has no absolute entitlement to appeal a district 16 court's denial of his petition, but may only appeal in certain circumstances. Miller-El v. Cockrell, 17 537 U.S. 322, 335-36 (2003). The controlling statute in determining whether to issue a certificate 18 of appealability is 28 U.S.C. § 2253, which provides: 19 20 21 (a) In a habeas corpus proceeding or a proceeding under section 2255 before a district judge, the final order shall be subject to review, on appeal, by the court of appeals for the circuit in which the proceeding is held. 24 (b) There shall be no right of appeal from a final order in a proceeding to test the validity of a warrant to remove to another district or place for commitment or trial a person charged with a criminal offense against the United States, or to test the validity of such person's detention pending removal proceedings. 25 (c) 22 23 26 (1) Unless a circuit justice or judge issues a certificate of appealability, an appeal may not be taken to the court of appeals from— 27 28 (A) the final order in a habeas corpus proceeding in which the detention complained of arises out of process issued by a State 2 1 court; or 2 (B) the final order in a proceeding under section 2255. 3 (2) A certificate of appealability may issue under paragraph (1) only if the applicant has made a substantial showing of the denial of a constitutional right. 4 5 (3) The certificate of appealability under paragraph (1) shall indicate which specific issues or issues satisfy the showing required by paragraph (2). 6 7 8 If a court denies a habeas petition, the court may only issue a certificate of appealability "if 9 jurists of reason could disagree with the district court's resolution of his constitutional claims or 10 11 that jurists could conclude the issues presented are adequate to deserve encouragement to proceed further." Miller-El, 537 U.S. at 327; Slack v. McDaniel, 529 U.S. 473, 484 (2000). Although the 12 13 14 15 petitioner is not required to prove the merits of his case, he must demonstrate "something more than the absence of frivolity or the existence of mere good faith on his . . . part." Miller-El, 537 U.S. at 338. 16 In the present case, the Court finds that reasonable jurists would not find the Court's 17 determination that Petitioner is not entitled to federal habeas corpus relief debatable, wrong, or 18 deserving of encouragement to proceed further. Accordingly, the Court recommends declining to 19 issue a certificate of appealability. 20 Recommendation 21 22 Accordingly, the undersigned hereby recommends that the petition in this action be 23 dismissed without prejudice for failure to obey a court order and decline to issue a certificate of 24 appealability. 25 26 These Findings and Recommendations will be submitted to the United States District Judge assigned to the case, pursuant to the provisions of 28 U.S.C ' 636(b)(1). Within thirty (30) days 27 after being served with these Findings and Recommendations, either party may file written 28 3 1 objections with the Court. The document should be captioned AObjections to Magistrate Judge=s 2 Findings and Recommendations.@ Replies to the objections, if any, shall be served and filed within 3 fourteen (14) days after service of the objections. The parties are advised that failure to file 4 objections within the specified time may constitute waiver of the right to appeal the District Court's 5 6 7 order. Wilkerson v. Wheeler, 772 F.3d 834, 839 ((9th Cir. 2014) (citing Baxter v. Sullivan, 923 F.2d 1391, 1394 (9th Cir. 1991)). The Court Clerk is hereby directed to assign a district judge to this action. 8 9 10 11 12 IT IS SO ORDERED. Dated: November 9, 2018 /s/ Sheila K. Oberto UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 4 .