Perry et al v. Schwarzenegger et al

Filing 520

MOTION to Seal filed by Martin F. Gutierrez, Dennis Hollingsworth, Mark A. Jansson, Gail J. Knight, Proposition 8 Official Proponents. (Attachments: # 1 Proposed Order)(Cooper, Charles) (Filed on 1/24/2010)

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Perry et al v. Schwarzenegger et al Doc. 520 Case3:09-cv-02292-VRW Document520 Filed01/24/10 Page1 of 5 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 Peter A. Patterson (Ohio 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, 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 Department of Public Health and CASE NO. 09-CV-2292 VRW DEFENDANT-INTERVENORS DENNIS HOLLINGSWORTH, GAIL KNIGHT, MARTIN GUTIERREZ, MARK JANSSON, AND PROTECTMARRIAGE.COM'S ADMINISTRATIVE MOTION FOR SEALING ORDER PURSUANT TO CIVIL LOCAL RULES 7-11 AND 795(D) Trial Date: January 11, 2010 Judge: Chief Judge Vaughn R. Walker Location: Courtroom 6, 17th Floor ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ DEFENDANT-INTERVENORS ADMINISTRATIVE MOTION TO SEAL DOCUMENTS CASE NO. 09-CV-2292 VRW Dockets.Justia.com Case3:09-cv-02292-VRW Document520 Filed01/24/10 Page2 of 5 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 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 ADMINISTRATIVE MOTION TO SEAL DOCUMENTS CASE NO. 09-CV-2292 VRW Case3:09-cv-02292-VRW Document520 Filed01/24/10 Page3 of 5 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 The term "core group" for First Amendment privilege purposes, was originally defined in the January 8 Order, Doc #372 at 4, and amended to include one additional person in an order dated January 20, 2010, Doc #499 at 2. By stipulation of counsel reached on January 20, 2010, Defendants-Intervenors privilege log "need only list those assertedly privileged documents that are responsive to requests 1, 6, and (Continued) ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ DEFENDANT-INTERVENORS ADMINISTRATIVE MOTION TO SEAL DOCUMENTS CASE NO. 09-CV-2292 VRW 2 1 NOTICE OF MOTION AND MOTION TO ALL PARTIES AND THEIR ATTORNEYS OF RECORD: PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that pursuant to Northern District of California Civil Local Rules ("Civil Local Rules") 7-11 and 79-5(d), Defendant-Intervenors, through counsel, hereby move for administrative relief to file under seal the privilege log entitled "Defendant-Intervenors' "Revised Privilege Log," which is submitted in connection with the documents Defendant-Intervenors have produced, in a rolling production, as outlined in the Order of January 8, 2010 (Doc # 372) ("January 8 Order"). Since receiving the January 8 Order, Defendant-Intervenors' counsel have reviewed tens of thousands of documents in order to comply with the directive to produce "all [non-privileged] documents responsive to requests 1, 6 and 8 that contain, refer or relate to any arguments for or against Proposition 8 . . . ." Doc # 372, at 5. Under the January 8 Order, Documents reflecting communications between the core group members1 were protected from disclosure and, while not subject to production, were to be identified and listed on a privilege log to be filed with the Court. Id.2 The Revised Privilege Log contains the names of several individuals within the "core group" whose identities were not disclosed in the January 8 Order but which the Court instead identified only by reference to the sealed January 7, 2010 Declaration of Ronald Prentice. Unless the Revised Privilege Log is sealed, those names would be publically revealed. The Log also contains the names of several attorneys (non-trial lawyers) to whom the attorney-client privilege attaches but who have not been Case3:09-cv-02292-VRW Document520 Filed01/24/10 Page4 of 5 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 publically involved in the campaign. The issue to be decided is: Is there good cause for the Court to seal the Revised Privilege Log when it is filed in the Court's records? ARGUMENT Defendant-Intervenors are now in position to file the Revised Privilege Log with the Court. However, this Log identifies, by name, the authors and recipients of the written communications claimed to be privileged, and also describes in some detail the reasons for withholding these documents. Given that the sensitive information that appears on the Revised Privilege Log is protected from public disclosure by the First Amendment, it would be proper for this Court to exercise its discretion to seal the Revised Privilege Log. This Court has the discretion to seal anything that is filed in this action and has done so on several occasions in the past. E.g., Order Granting Defendant-Intervenors' Motion to Seal Portions of Declaration of Ronald Prentice dated January 14, 2010 (Doc # 459); Order Granting DefendantIntervenors' Motion to Seal Portions of the Declaration of Ronald Prentice dated January 21, 2010 (Dec # 508). There are both compelling reasons, and good cause, for this Court to again exercise its discretion to seal a document containing highly sensitive information. See Pintos v. Pacific Creditors Assoc., et al., 565 F.3d 1106, 1115 (9th Cir. 2009) (must have either a "compelling reason" or "good cause" to seal court records). The Revised Privilege Log contains the names of persons who comprise the "core group" (as defined by this Court, for First Amendment privilege purposes) but whose names have not been publicly disclosed. It also contains the names of attorneys (including non-trial counsel) whose identities have not been disclosed during this litigation and who did not participate publicly in the campaign. Given the passionate feelings that have surrounded this matter which have sometimes resulted in harassment against those who supported Proposition 8 and the lack of any reason for a 8." (Cont'd) ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ DEFENDANT-INTERVENORS ADMINISTRATIVE MOTION TO SEAL DOCUMENTS CASE NO. 09-CV-2292 VRW Case3:09-cv-02292-VRW Document520 Filed01/24/10 Page5 of 5 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 public disclosure, good cause exists for a sealing order. CONCLUSION For the foregoing reasons, Defendant-Intervenors request that the Court enter the Proposed Order Sealing Defendant-Intervenors' Revised Privilege Log, provided herewith. Dated: January 24, 2010. COOPER AND KIRK, PLLC ATTORNEYS FOR DEFENDANTS-INTERVENORS DENNIS HOLLINGSWORTH, GAIL J. KNIGHT, MARTIN F. GUTIERREZ, MARK A. JANSSON, AND PROTECTMARRIAGE.COM YES ON 8, A PROJECT OF CALIFORNIA RENEWAL By: /s/ Charles J. Cooper Charles J. Cooper ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ DEFENDANT-INTERVENORS ADMINISTRATIVE MOTION TO SEAL DOCUMENTS CASE NO. 09-CV-2292 VRW