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Morris v. Monahan

IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE CENTRAL DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS SPRINGFIELD DIVISION


March 20, 2007

GREGORY MORRIS, ET AL., PETITIONERS,
v.
THOMAS MONAHAN, ET AL., RESPONDENTS.

The opinion of the court was delivered by: Jeanne E. Scott, U.S. District Judge

OPINION

This cause is before the Court on Petitioners' Petition under 28 U.S.C. § 2254 for a Writ of Habeas Corpus (d/e 5) (§ 2254 Petition). The Court will consider the § 2254 Petition under Rule 4 of the Rules Governing § 2254 Cases.

After a review of the § 2254 Petition, this Court finds that a summary dismissal is not warranted. Therefore, pursuant to Rule 4, the Court directs the Attorney General for the State of Illinois to respond to the § 2254 Petition. The response shall discuss the merits and the procedural posture of the § 2254 Petition, i.e. whether Petitioners have exhausted their state remedies and/or procedurally defaulted any claims. See Rule 5 of the Rules Governing § 2254 Cases.

THEREFORE, the Attorney General for the State of Illinois is Ordered to file on or before May 31, 2007, an answer pursuant to Rule 5 of the Rules Governing 28 U.S.C. § 2254 Cases to Petitioners' § 2254 Petition. Petitioners are given until June 29, 2007, to file any reply.

IT IS THEREFORE SO ORDERED.

JEANNE E. SCOTT UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE

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