Palermo v. Edmark et al
ORDER denying 28 Motion to Stay. So Ordered by Judge Joseph A. DiClerico, Jr.(gla)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE
DISTRICT OF NEW HAMPSHIRE
Civil No. 11-cv-506-JD
Michael Edrnark, et al.
0 R D E R
Christopher Palermo brings a civil rights action under 42
1983 against corrections officers at the New Hampshire
State Prison for Men, alleging that the officers attacked and
beat him on two occasions while he was incarcerated at the
Palermo was represented by retained counsel when the
complaint was filed and through the progress of the case until
counsel moved to withdraw in July, citing irreconcilable
differences with Palermo regarding "the conduct of the case."
The motion was granted on July 10, 2012.
Palermo then entered a
notice that he would proceed pro se.
The defendants filed a motion for summary judgment on July
On August 16, 2012, Palermo filed a motion, dated
August 14, to temporarily stay the case for thirty days.
motion, Palermo stated that he had been transferred from the
Cheshire County House of Corrections to the health center at the
New Hampshire State Prison for Men for suicide watch on July 27,
2012, that on August 10 he was transferred to the Secure Housing
Unit, and that despite his requests he had not had access to his
Palermo stated that as of August 14 he remained in
the Secure Housing Unit.
The defendants filed a response to the
motion for a stay, in which they did not object to a short stay
except to the extent the stay would affect the existing trial
schedule and deadlines.
The day after he filed the motion for a stay, on August 17,
Palermo filed a motion for appointment of counsel, dated August
14, in which he stated that he was currently housed at the
Cheshire County Department of Corrections.
Palermo did not
mention a transfer to the State Prison or any lack of access to
his legal papers.
He attached copies of medical records to the
Palermo then filed an objection to the defendants'
motion for summary judgment on August 20, which is supported by
Palermo's declaration, copies of correspondence, and copies of
Based on Palermo's filings, it appears that any interruption
in his ability to prosecute his case due to a transfer to the
State Prison is in the past and has not affected his ability to
make timely filings.
Therefore, Palermo's motion for a stay is
For the foregoing reasons, the plaintiff's motion for a stay
(document no. 28) is denied.
A. DiClerico, Jr.
States District Ju
September 12, 2012
Christopher M. Palermo, pro se
Russell F. Hilliard, Esq.
Nancy J. Smith, Esq.