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Hemenway v. Washington

United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
Nov 10, 2010
409 F. App'x 93 (9th Cir. 2010)


No. 09-35245.

Submitted July 21, 2010.

The panel unanimously concludes this case is suitable for decision without oral argument. See Fed.R.App.P. 34(a)(2).

Filed November 10, 2010.

Russell Victor Leonard, Esquire, Assistant Federal Public Defender, FPDWA — Federal Public Defender's Office, Tacoma, WA, for Petitioner-Appellant.

Ronda Denise Larson, Esquire, Assistant Attorney General, AGWA — Office of the Washington Attorney General, Olympia, WA, for Respondents-Appellees.

Appeal from the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington, Ronald B. Leighton, District Judge, Presiding. D.C. No. 3:07-cv-05634-RBL.

Before: B. FLETCHER, REINHARDT, and WARDLAW, Circuit Judges.


The panel has voted to grant the petition for panel rehearing.

The memorandum disposition filed on August 2, 2010, is withdrawn. A replacement memorandum disposition will be filed concurrently with this order.

Appellant shall have 14 days from the date judgment is entered to file a petition for rehearing. See Fed.R.App.P. 40. If appellant files a petition for rehearing, the state may file an answer within 14 days thereafter, whereupon the matter shall be deemed submitted.


This disposition is not appropriate for publication and is not precedent except as provided by 9th Cir. R. 36-3.

Washington state prisoner Billy Jo Lynn Hemenway appeals from the district court's judgment dismissing his 28 U.S.C. § 2254 petition as untimely. We have jurisdiction under 28 U.S.C. § 2253(a), and we affirm.

Hemenway contends that he was entitled to equitable tolling of AEDPA's statute of limitations due to his dyslexia and illiteracy. This court reviews de novo a district court's order denying a habeas petition on statute of limitations grounds. Randle v. Crawford, 604 F.3d 1047, 1052 (9th Cir. 2010). The denial of an evidentiary hearing in connection with a claim of entitlement to equitable tolling is reviewed for abuse of discretion. See Mendoza v. Carey, 449 F.3d 1065, 1068 (9th Cir. 2006).

Excluding the time during which his state petitions were properly pending, see 28 U.S.C. § 2244(d)(2), Hemenway's federal petition was filed more than a year beyond AEDPA's one-year statute of limitations. See 28 U.S.C. § 2244(d)(1).

A litigant seeking equitable tolling of AEDPA's statute of limitations bears the burden of establishing his entitlement to such tolling. Mendoza, 449 F.3d at 1068. In this case, Hemenway has not shown that his literacy limitations caused his delay in filing his federal habeas petition. Indeed, he was able to file state and federal pleadings, and participate actively in his own representation both at his trial and on his direct appeal.

The district court did not abuse its discretion in denying Hemenway's request for an evidentiary hearing. See Mendoza, 449 F.3d at 1068.


Summaries of

Hemenway v. Washington

United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
Nov 10, 2010
409 F. App'x 93 (9th Cir. 2010)
Case details for

Hemenway v. Washington

Case Details

Full title:Billy Jo Lynn HEMENWAY, Petitioner-Appellant, v. State of WASHINGTON and…

Court:United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

Date published: Nov 10, 2010


409 F. App'x 93 (9th Cir. 2010)

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