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Williams v. Campbell

United States District Court, E.D. Michigan, Southern Division

March 6, 2017

ANTHONY LAMAR WILLIAMS, Petitioner,
v.
SHERMAN CAMPBELL, Respondent,

         OPINION AND ORDER GRANTING MOTION TO REOPEN HABEAS PETITION, GRANTING MOTION TO AMEND THE CAPTION, GRANTING THE MOTION TO AMEND PETITION FOR WRIT OF HABEAS CORPUS, ORDERING THAT THE AMENDED PETITION BE SERVED UPON THE RESPONDENT AND THE MICHIGAN ATTORNEY GENERAL, AND ORDER DIRECTING RESPONDENT TO FILE A SUPPLEMENTAL ANSWER AND ANY ADDITIONAL RULE 5 MATERIALS IN THIS CASE.

          HON. SEAN F. COX UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE.

         On September 1, 2014, this Court dismissed the petition for writ of habeas corpus filed by petitioner so that he could exhaust additional claims that he had failed to exhaust in the state court prior to filing his habeas petition. Petitioner has filed a motion to reopen his petition for writ of habeas corpus following the exhaustion of his new claims. Petitioner has also filed a motion to amend his habeas petition. Petitioner has also filed a motion to add a new warden as respondent, which this Court construes as a motion to amend the caption.

         The Clerk of the Court is ORDERED to reopen this case to the Court's active docket. The Court amends the caption to reflect the name of petitioner's current warden, Sherman Campbell. The Clerk of the Court shall serve a copy of the amended petition for writ of habeas corpus upon Respondent and the Michigan Attorney General's Office by first class mail. Respondent shall file a supplemental answer to the amended petition and any additional Rule 5 materials within one hundred twenty (120) days of the Court's order.

         Federal courts have the power to order that a habeas petition be reinstated upon timely request by a habeas petitioner, following the exhaustion of state court remedies. See e.g. Rodriguez v. Jones, 625 F.Supp.2d 552, 559 (E.D. Mich. 2009). Petitioner's claims have been exhausted with the state courts; his petition is now ripe for consideration. Accordingly, the Court will order that the original habeas petition be reopened.

         The Court also orders that the caption in this case be amended to reflect that the proper respondent in this case is now Sherman Campbell, the warden of the prison where petitioner is currently incarcerated. See Edwards Johns, 450 F.Supp.2d 755, 757 (E.D. Mich. 2006); See also Rule 2(a), 28 foll. U.S.C. § 2254.

         The Court grants the motion to amend his habeas petition. The Court permits petitioner to amend his petition, because there is no indication that allowing the amendment would cause any delay to this Court nor is there any evidence of bad faith on petitioner's part in bringing the motion to amend or prejudice to Respondent if the motion is granted. See Gillette v. Tansy, 17 F.3d 308, 313 (10th Cir. 1994).

         The Clerk of the Court shall serve a copy of the amended petition for writ of habeas corpus [Dkt. # 17] and a copy of this Order on Respondent and on the Attorney General for the State of Michigan by first class mail as provided in Rule 4 of the Rules Governing § 2254 Cases, Rule 4. See Coffee v. Harry, No. 04-71209; 2005 WL 1861943, * 2 (E.D. Mich. Aug. 2, 2005). Respondent shall file a supplemental answer to the amended habeas petition within one hundred and twenty days of the Court's order.[1] See Erwin v. Elo, 130 F.Supp.2d 887, 891 (E.D. Mich. 2001); 28 U.S.C. § 2243. Respondent is also ordered to provide this Court with any additional Rule 5 materials that have not already been provided to the Court at the time that it files its supplemental answer. See Griffin v. Rogers, 308 F.3d 647, 653 (6th Cir. 2002); Rules Governing § 2254 Cases, Rule 5, 28 U.S.C. foll. § 2254. Petitioner shall have forty five days from the receipt of the answer to file a reply brief, if he so chooses. See Rule 5(e) of the Rules Governing § 2254 Cases, 28 U.S.C. foll. § 2254.

         ORDER

         IT IS ORDERED THAT:

(1) The motion to reopen the petition for writ of habeas corpus [Dkt. # 16] is GRANTED. The Clerk of the Court shall reopen the habeas petition to the Court's active docket.
(2) The motion to add new warden as respondent [Dkt. # 15] is GRANTED. The caption of the case is amended.
(3) The motion to amend the petition for writ of habeas corpus [Dkt. # 16] is GRANTED.
(4) The Clerk of the Court shall serve a copy of the amended petition for writ of habeas corpus [Dkt. # 17] and a copy of this Order on Respondent and the ...

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