Branch v. Grannis, et al.,

Filing 275

ORDER Addressing Plaintiff's Objections to the Pretrial Order and Amending Pretrial Order signed by Magistrate Judge Stanley A. Boone on 12/28/2016. (Flores, E)

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 9 EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 10 11 LOUIS BRANCH, 14 15 ORDER ADDRESSING PLAINTIFF’S OBJECTIONS TO THE PRETRIAL ORDER AND AMENDING PRETRIAL ORDER Plaintiff, 12 13 Case No. 1:08-cv-01655-SAB (PC) v. D. UMPHENOUR, et al., (ECF No. 271) Defendants. 16 17 On December 7, 2016, the Court issued the pretrial order in this action. (ECF No. 265.) 18 On December 23, 2016, Plaintiff filed objections to the pretrial order. 19 Plaintiff objects to the undisputed fact that he is a convicted felon serving a life sentence 20 on the grounds that it is prejudicial, and several of Defendants’ undisputed facts on the ground of 21 hearsay or because he claims they are erroneous. The purpose of the pretrial order is to frame 22 the issues for trial. The pretrial order is not evidence that is seen by the jury. Plaintiff’s 23 objections to statements in the pretrial order may be a subject for a motion in limine or an 24 objection during trial, but disputed or undisputed facts will not be deleted from the pretrial order 25 based on Plaintiff’s objections. 26 Plaintiff states that Defendants were required to file their disputed evidentiary issues one 27 week after receiving Plaintiff’s pretrial statement and therefore all evidentiary issues are deemed 28 waived. Plaintiff is incorrect. The purpose of the parties’ pretrial statements is to identify issues 1 1 that may be present in the case. However, there was no requirement that evidentiary issues be 2 raised in the pretrial order in order to preserve them for trial. The parties may also raise 3 appropriate evidentiary issues in a motion in limine or during trial as they arise. 4 Plaintiff objects to the statement in the pretrial order that he filed a request for leave to 5 file an amended complaint that was denied. However, the Court does not find the statement to 6 be in error. On June 2, 2016, Plaintiff filed a request for leave to file an amended/supplemental 7 complaint. The request was denied on October 5, 2016, finding that Plaintiff had not 8 demonstrated good cause to amend the scheduling order. Specifically, the order stated, “Plaintiff 9 has not explained why he waited more than two years after the deadline to amend the complaint and 10 discovery in this action had closed to move to amend his complaint.” (ECF No. 241 at 2:26-3:2.) 11 In his pretrial statement, Plaintiff included a section for “Amendments” and requested 12 permission to file a fourth amended complaint. The Court construed his request in the pretrial 13 statement as a motion for reconsideration and denied the request. 14 Finally, Plaintiff includes three new “undisputed facts” that he requests be included in the 15 pretrial order. The pretrial order contained a section for facts which were undisputed by either 16 party and a section of each party’s undisputed facts that the opposing party disputed. Since it is 17 not clear that Plaintiff’s newly included facts would be undisputed by Defendants, they shall be 18 included in Plaintiff’s undisputed facts section of the pretrial order. 19 Accordingly, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that the pretrial order is amended at 8: 27 as 20 follows: 21 48. 0n 7/11/2004, during third watch, on Facility II, Lieutenant M. Marmolejo was 22 the highest ranking supervisory official and Sergeant R. Wicks was second in 23 command. 24 49. Between 1515 and 1545 hours, in the Facility II Program Office, Plaintiff 25 expressed to Lieutenant Marmolejo and Sergeant Wicks, that Plaintiff was having 26 difficulties with other inmates in Housing Unit (HU) 250 and had to move out and 27 requested to be returned to the Gym HU. 28 / / / 2 50. 1 Lieutenant Marmolejo and Sergeant Wicks agreed to move Plaintiff back to the Gym HU after the 1645 ASP count of its prisoners. 2 3 4 IT IS SO ORDERED. 5 Dated: December 28, 2016 UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 3

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