Speed v. Coleman et al
PROTECTIVE ORDER granting 44 Motion to the extent that Defendant's need not respond to the interrogatories submitted with their motion. The Court further orders that discovery is stayed as to all parties, with the exception of discovery reques ts relating to the issue of exhaustion of grievances, until defendants' pending motion for summary judgment is decided. Speed's 41 and 42 Motions to compel and motion for subpoena are denied without prejudice. Signed by Magistrate Judge Patricia S. Harris on 3/10/2017. (jak)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS
NO: 3:16CV00138 DPM/PSH
RONNIE COLEMAN et al
Plaintiff Chris Speed filed a pro se complaint on May 23, 2016, alleging he was subjected
to excessive force at the Crittenden County Detention Facility. Defendants filed a motion for
summary judgment on December 15, 2016, alleging Speed failed to exhaust his administrative
remedies. Doc. No. 31. On March 7, 2017, Speed filed a motion to compel and a motion for
subpoena seeking various evidentiary items. Doc. Nos. 41 & 42. That same day, defendants filed
a motion for a protective order, requesting that the Court relieve them from their responsibility to
respond to Speed’s interrogatories.
Defendants argue in their motion that many of the
interrogatories are abusive, such as “Did I have you at hello?” and “If you were going upstream in
a rowboat, and your motor fell off, how many hot dog buns would it take to roof a doghouse?” Doc.
Defendants’ motion for a protective order is granted to the extent that they need not respond to the
interrogatories submitted with their motion. The Court further orders that discovery is stayed as to
all parties, with the exception of discovery requests relating to the issue of exhaustion of grievances,
until defendants’ pending motion for summary judgment is decided. Speed’s motion to compel and
his motion for subpoena are denied without prejudice. Doc. Nos. 41 & 42.
IT IS SO ORDERED this 10th day of March, 2017.
UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
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