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Watkins v. Shannon

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE MIDDLE DISTRICT OF PENNSYLVANIA


June 12, 2008

STEVEN WATKINS, PETITIONER
v.
ROBERT SHANNON, ET AL., RESPONDENTS

The opinion of the court was delivered by: Judge Kosik

ORDER

THE BACKGROUND OF THIS ORDER IS AS FOLLOWS:

Petitioner Steven Watkins is currently confined at the State Correctional Institution at Frackville, Pennsylvania. He filed this petition for writ of habeas corpus pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2254 on April 14, 2008. In the petition, he challenges the denial of parole by the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole. A response to the petition is currently due on June 12, 2008. On June 11, 2008, Respondents notified the court that they were unable to read Petitioner's Memorandum in support of his habeas petition. (Doc. 2.) While the exhibits attached to the Memorandum are legible, the text of the Memorandum is not, due to the faint ink on the document. Efforts on the part of the Clerks Office to darken the document were unsuccessful. As such, Petitioner will be afforded ten (10) days to re-submit a legible copy of his Memorandum. His failure to do so will result in the Memorandum being stricken from the record and Respondents will answer only the allegations contained in the petition. A response to the petition, and any re-submitted Memorandum will be due on or before July 14, 2008.

ACCORDINGLY, THIS 12th DAY OF JUNE, 2008, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED THAT:

1. Within ten (10) days from the date of this Order, Petitioner may re-submit a legible copy of his Memorandum in support of the habeas corpus petition.

2. A response to the petition, and any re-submitted Memorandum, shall be filed on or before July 14, 2008.

EDWIN M. KOSIK United States District Judge

20080612

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