Perry et al v. Schwarzenegger et al

Filing 233

REPLY to Response to Motion re 220 MOTION to Stay Pending Appeal and/or Petition for Writ of Mandamus filed byMartin F. Gutierrez, Dennis Hollingsworth, Mark A. Jansson, Gail J. Knight, ProtectMarriage.com - Yes on 8, A Project of California Renewal, Hak-Shing William Tam. (Cooper, Charles) (Filed on 10/16/2009)

Perry et al v. Schwarzenegger et al Doc. 233 Case3:09-cv-02292-VRW Document233 Filed10/16/09 Page1 of 6 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 COOPER AND KIRK, PLLC Charles J. Cooper (DC Bar No. 248070)* ccooper@cooperkirk.com David H. Thompson (DC Bar No. 450503)* dthompson@cooperkirk.com Howard C. Nielson, Jr. (DC Bar No. 473018)* hnielson@cooperkirk.com Nicole J. Moss (DC Bar No. 472424)* nmoss@cooperkirk.com Jesse Panuccio (DC Bar No. 981634)* jpanuccio@cooperkirk.com Peter A. Patterson (OH Bar No. 0080840)* ppatterson@cooperkirk.com 1523 New Hampshire Ave. N.W., Washington, D.C. 20036 Telephone: (202) 220-9600, Facsimile: (202) 220-9601 LAW OFFICES OF ANDREW P. PUGNO Andrew P. Pugno (CA Bar No. 206587) andrew@pugnolaw.com 101 Parkshore Drive, Suite 100, Folsom, California 95630 Telephone: (916) 608-3065, Facsimile: (916) 608-3066 ALLIANCE DEFENSE FUND Brian W. Raum (NY Bar No. 2856102)* braum@telladf.org James A. Campbell (OH Bar No. 0081501)* jcampbell@telladf.org 15100 North 90th Street, Scottsdale, Arizona 85260 Telephone: (480) 444-0020, Facsimile: (480) 444-0028 ATTORNEYS FOR DEFENDANT-INTERVENORS DENNIS HOLLINGSWORTH, GAIL J. KNIGHT, MARTIN F. GUTIERREZ, HAK-SHING WILLIAM TAM, MARK A. JANSSON, and PROTECTMARRIAGE.COM YES ON 8, A PROJECT OF CALIFORNIA RENEWAL * Admitted pro hac vice UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA KRISTIN M. PERRY, SANDRA B. STIER, PAUL T. KATAMI, and JEFFREY J. ZARRILLO, Plaintiffs, v. ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER, in his official capacity as Governor of California; EDMUND G. BROWN, JR., in his official capacity as Attorney General of California; MARK B. HORTON, in his official capacity as Director of the California CASE NO. 09-CV-2292 VRW DEFENDANT-INTERVENORS' REPLY IN SUPPORT OF MOTION FOR A STAY OF DISCOVERY Judge: Chief Judge Vaughn R. Walker DEFENDANT-INTERVENORS' REPLY IN SUPPORT OF MOTION FOR A STAY OF DISCOVERY CASE NO. 09-CV-2292 VRW Dockets.Justia.com Case3:09-cv-02292-VRW Document233 Filed10/16/09 Page2 of 6 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 Department of Public Health and State Registrar of Vital Statistics; LINETTE SCOTT, in her official capacity as Deputy Director of Health Information & Strategic Planning for the California Department of Public Health; PATRICK O'CONNELL, in his official capacity as Clerk-Recorder for the County of Alameda; and DEAN C. LOGAN, in his official capacity as Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk for the County of Los Angeles, Defendants, and PROPOSITION 8 OFFICIAL PROPONENTS DENNIS HOLLINGSWORTH, GAIL J. KNIGHT, MARTIN F. GUTIERREZ, HAKSHING WILLIAM TAM, and MARK A. JANSSON; and PROTECTMARRIAGE.COM YES ON 8, A PROJECT OF CALIFORNIA RENEWAL, Defendant-Intervenors. Additional Counsel for Defendant-Intervenors ALLIANCE DEFENSE FUND Timothy Chandler (CA Bar No. 234325) tchandler@telladf.org 101 Parkshore Drive, Suite 100, Folsom, California 95630 Telephone: (916) 932-2850, Facsimile: (916) 932-2851 Jordan W. Lorence (DC Bar No. 385022)* jlorence@telladf.org Austin R. Nimocks (TX Bar No. 24002695)* animocks@telladf.org 801 G Street NW, Suite 509, Washington, D.C. 20001 Telephone: (202) 393-8690, Facsimile: (202) 347-3622 * Admitted pro hac vice DEFENDANT-INTERVENORS' REPLY IN SUPPORT OF MOTION FOR A STAY OF DISCOVERY CASE NO. 09-CV-2292 VRW Case3:09-cv-02292-VRW Document233 Filed10/16/09 Page3 of 6 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 A. The Court Should Deny Plaintiffs' Request for an Order Compelling Production within Seven Days Complaining that Defendant-Intervenors' conduct has unreasonably delayed production to Plaintiffs of requested documents, Plaintiffs not only oppose our request for a stay pending appeal of this Court's discovery ruling, but also ask this Court to enter an order compelling production of the non-public and anonymous documents subject to Defendant-Intervenors' stay request within seven days. Doc # 223 at 14; see also id. at 5-6. Defendant-Intervenors have alerted the parties and the Court of their First Amendment concerns about Plaintiffs' discovery requests, and have sought judicial relief promptly and in good faith at every turn. If Defendant-Intervenors' pending motion for a stay is denied by this Court, Defendant-Intervenors will promptly seek a stay from the Ninth Circuit and, further, will seek expedited review of the merits of their appeal. Under these circumstances, Plaintiffs' requested order should be denied. (a) In their Supplemental Case Management Statement, Plaintiffs made clear that they "plan to seek documents relating to Prop. 8's genesis, drafting, strategy, objectives, advertising, campaign literature, and Intervenors' communications with each other, supporters, and donors." Doc. # 157 at 12. In other words, Plaintiffs announced their plan to seek virtually every document in Defendant-Intervenors possession relating in any way to Prop. 8. (b) As early as the case management hearing of August 19, 2009, counsel for Defendant- Intervenors specifically flagged the sweeping discovery threatened by Plaintiffs as an issue that could pose problems for the expedited litigation schedule sought by Plaintiffs and should be resolved promptly. Counsel for Defendant-Intervenors explained that "some of the things that [Plaintiffs] would like to inquire into of ... the official Proposition 8 proponents ... are issues that we earnestly believe are not fit and appropriate for judicial inquiry, and that in fact, would raise the gravest possible First-Amendment issues." Tr. at 59. Counsel for Defendant-Intervenors specifically "urge[d] the Court to give us an opportunity to fight this out in briefing to the Court before we get down that road." Id. at 60. Counsel for Plaintiffs responded by stating: (i) that "statements that were made publicly" were clearly "subject to discovery"; (ii) that "some stuff ... is probably not on the table" and also that "subjective, unexpressed motivations ... would not be 1 DEFENDANT-INTERVENORS' REPLY IN SUPPORT OF MOTION FOR A STAY OF DISCOVERY CASE NO. 09-CV-2292 VRW Case3:09-cv-02292-VRW Document233 Filed10/16/09 Page4 of 6 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 inquir[ed] into" by Plaintiffs; and (iii) that "objectively-stated assertions ... that may be encompassed in documents and the like that may or may not have become public" constitute a "gray-area." Id. at 63-64. In acquiescing in the expedited litigation schedule, DefendantIntervenors relied on these representations. Id. at 68. (c) In light of Plaintiffs' concessions and recognition that "gray-area discovery decisions ... will [be] ma[d]e along the way," counsel for Defendant-Intervenors stated at the August 19 hearing that he would "very much welcome [Plaintiffs'] clarification, perhaps, of some of the points that were made in their supplemental case management order, in terms of what they intended to inquire of the proponents." Id. at 64, 68. Unfortunately, Plaintiffs never offered any such clarification or reconsideration of the "gray area." Instead, Plaintiffs propounded a set of document requests that sought virtually every document in Defendant-Intervenors' possession relating in any way to Proposition 8. Doc # 187-3. As this Court recognized at the hearing of September 25, 2009, Plaintiffs' Request No. 8 in particular was "exceedingly broad." Tr. at 49. On August 27, Defendant-Intervenors proposed limitations to Plaintiffs' requests. Doc # 187-5. Plaintiffs responded by rejecting any limiting interpretation save for one: they were not seeking "internal communications among and between [Defendant-Intervenors] regarding Proposition 8 and the related political campaign, except to the extent that [Defendant-Intervenors] deem such communications responsive to Requests Nos. 9, 10, 13, 14, or 15." Doc # 187-6. Subsequently, Plaintiffs effectively retracted even this limitation. See Doc # 220-1 at 5 (requesting "communications among and between any two or more of ... Defendant-Intervenors"). (d) Plaintiffs' refusal to agree to any other limitations on their document requests left Defendant-Intervenors with no choice but to move this Court for a protective order on September 15, 2009--well before the period for responding to Plaintiffs' document requests had run. Doc # 187. This Court denied Defendant-Intervenors' claim of First Amendment privilege on October 1, 2009. Doc # 214. The Court did, however, agree that Plaintiffs' Request No. 8 was overly burdensome and thus directed Plaintiffs to more carefully tailor the request. In the evening of October 5, Plaintiffs issued a revised Request No. 8, Doc # 220-1, and on October 8, DefendantIntervenors noticed an appeal and moved this Court for a stay of its October 1 order. Docs # 220, 2 DEFENDANT-INTERVENORS' REPLY IN SUPPORT OF MOTION FOR A STAY OF DISCOVERY CASE NO. 09-CV-2292 VRW Case3:09-cv-02292-VRW Document233 Filed10/16/09 Page5 of 6 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 222. *** In short, over the last seven weeks, Defendant-Intervenors have: (i) produced the documents that Plaintiffs asserted were clearly subject to discovery; (ii) resisted producing documents that Plaintiffs once agreed were off the table; and (iii) attempted to negotiate with Plaintiffs over what they themselves once called a "gray area" of discovery. When negotiations failed to produce agreement, Defendant-Intervenors promptly moved this Court for a protective order. It is thus not true that the time that has passed since Plaintiffs first propounded their discovery requests is somehow attributable to improper delays by Defendant-Intervenors. Instead, the delay is largely attributable to Plaintiffs' ever-shifting representations about their discovery requests and their protracted refusal to limit or tailor those requests in any meaningful way. Defendant-Intervenors are expeditiously following all of the proper procedures to seek judicial protection against disclosure of what Plaintiffs themselves admit is "core political speech ... undeniably entitled to broad First Amendment protection." Doc # 191 at 12. DefendantIntervenors believe that discovery of nonpublic and anonymous documents sought by Plaintiffs will work a gross and irreparably harmful invasion of their First Amendment rights. Given the seriousness of the claim, the Court should allow it to be resolved expeditiously by the Court of Appeals and should deny Plaintiffs' request to order production of disputed material within seven days. B. Briefing Schedule in the Ninth Circuit At the hearing on October 14, 2009, Plaintiffs noted that the Ninth Circuit has set a briefing schedule for Defendant-Intervenors' appeal of this Court's October 1 order. See Oct. 14, 2009 Tr. at 96-97. That schedule appears to have been set pursuant to the Ninth Circuit's routine practice of establishing a normal briefing schedule once a case number is assigned. It was not proposed by Defendant-Intervenors, who informed the Ninth Circuit in the notice of appeal that they intend to seek an expedited briefing and argument schedule. Doc # 222. C. This Court's Jurisdiction Over the Stay Motion At the hearing on October 14, the Court asked "is a motion to stay appropriate after a petition 3 DEFENDANT-INTERVENORS' REPLY IN SUPPORT OF MOTION FOR A STAY OF DISCOVERY CASE NO. 09-CV-2292 VRW Case3:09-cv-02292-VRW Document233 Filed10/16/09 Page6 of 6 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 for a writ of manda[mus] has been filed in the Court of Appeals? I thought you asked the District Court to stay its Order first, and then you proceed to the Court of Appeals. I wonder what the procedural posture is at the Court of Appeals." Tr. 93. While it is true that "[o]nce a notice of appeal is filed, the district court is divested of jurisdiction over the matters being appealed[,] ... [t]he district court retains jurisdiction during the pendency of an appeal to act to preserve the status quo." Natural Res. Def. Council v. Southwest Marine, Inc., 242 F.3d 1163, 1166 (9th Cir. 2001). See also United States v. Pryately, 393 F.2d 129, 131 (6th Cir. 1968) ("The District Court was authorized to stay its judgment after filing of notices of appeal and prior to docketing in this Court."). Federal Rule of Appellate Procedure 8 requires that a party seeking a stay pending appeal first move for such relief in the district court. Accordingly, Defendant-Intervenors noticed their appeal and have respectfully sought a stay from this Court pending resolution of that appeal. This Court has jurisdiction to preserve the status quo. That Defendant-Intervenors will seek mandamus in the alternative does not alter this analysis. Defendant-Intervenors assert that the Ninth Circuit has jurisdiction over this interlocutory appeal. Plaintiffs assert that the Ninth Circuit does not have jurisdiction. Doc # 223 at 6-9. Defendant-Intervenors thus indicated on their civil docketing statement that we would seek mandamus in the alternative--that is, should the Ninth Circuit decide it does not have jurisdiction. We have found no authority suggesting that this relatively common procedural posture--an appeal with a petition for mandamus in the alternative--in any way alters the rule that district courts retain jurisdiction to maintain the status quo even while proceedings are pending in a higher court. CONCLUSION For the foregoing reasons, the Court should grant this motion for a stay. Dated: October 16, 2009 COOPER AND KIRK, PLLC ATTORNEYS FOR DEFENDANT-INTERVENORS By: /s/Charles J. Cooper Charles J. Cooper 4 DEFENDANT-INTERVENORS' REPLY IN SUPPORT OF MOTION FOR A STAY OF DISCOVERY CASE NO. 09-CV-2292 VRW