Samuels v. Adame et al
ORDER Denying Motion for Leave to Depose Non-Defendants by Written Question 31 , signed by Magistrate Judge Dennis L. Beck on 5/6/11. (Gonzalez, R)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
8 ROBERT EARL SAMUELS,
CASE NO. 1:09-CV-01320-DLB PC
ORDER DENYING MOTION FOR LEAVE
TO DEPOSE NON-DEFENDANTS BY
11 G. ADAME, et al.,
Plaintiff Robert Earl Samuels (“Plaintiff”) is a prisoner in the custody of the California
16 Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (“CDCR”). Plaintiff is proceeding pro se and in
17 forma pauperis in this civil rights action pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983. This action is proceeding
18 against Defendants G. Adame, C. Farnsworth, P. Gentry, B. Medrano, R. Nicholas, F. Rivera, E.
19 Sailer, and D. Snyder. Pending before the Court is Plaintiff’s motion to take non-defendants’
20 deposition by written question, filed June April 5, 2011. Doc. 31. Plaintiff requests that the
21 Court grant Plaintiff leave to take five non-defendants’ deposition by written question, pursuant
22 to Rule 31(a)(2) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.
Plaintiff’s motion is denied. A party requires the Court’s leave to take deposition by
24 written question “if the parties have not stipulated to the deposition and: (i) the deposition would
25 result in more than 10 depositions being taken under this rule or Rule 30 . . .; (ii) the deponent
26 has already been deposed in the case; or (iii) the party seeks to take a deposition before the time
27 specified in Rule 26(d).” It is unclear what Defendants’ position is regarding stipulating to such
However, Plaintiff does not comply with proper procedure to depose non-defendants by
2 written question. Pursuant to Rule 31(b), Plaintiff is required to deliver to the deposition officer
3 a copy of the questions to be served and the notice. Fed. R. Civ. P. 31(b). There is no mention
4 of a deposition officer. Plaintiff contends that he does not have the finances to directly contact
5 these non-defendants. Even though Plaintiff is proceeding in forma pauperis, the Court has no
6 authority to grant Plaintiff funds for conducting discovery. The expenditure of public funds on
7 behalf of an indigent litigant is proper only when authorized by Congress. Tedder v. Odel, 890
8 F.2d 210, 211-12 (9th Cir. 1989) (per curiam) (citations omitted).
Accordingly, it is HEREBY ORDERED that Plaintiff’s motion for leave of the Court to
10 take deposition by written question, filed April 5, 2011, is DENIED.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
May 6, 2011
/s/ Dennis L. Beck
UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
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