Hanna v. Mariposa County Sheriff Dept. et al
ORDER requiring Plaintiff to provide additional information re 42 MOTION for duces tecum to gain copy of video. (Filing Deadline: 11/4/2013). (Lundstrom, T)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
RICHARD CHARLES HANNA,
Case No. 1:12-cv-00501-AWI-SAB
ORDER REQUIRING PLAINTIFF TO PROVIDE
(ECF No. 42)
MARIPOSA COUNTY SHERIFF DEPT.
Plaintiff Richard Charles Hanna is appearing pro se and in forma pauperis in this civil
rights action pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983. Default has been entered against Defendants
Mariposa County Sheriff Department, and Deputies Boehm, King, Remeriz, and Rumfelt. (ECF
No. 39.) On September 30, 2013, Plaintiff filed a motion for a subpoena duces tecum. (ECF No.
42.) This action is proceeding on Plaintiff’s claims that he was subjected to excessive force by
Defendants Mariposa County Sheriff Department, and Deputies Boehm, King, Remeriz, and
Rumfelt when he was booked into the Mariposa County Jail on April 8, 2011. Plaintiff seeks a
copy of the video of the incident to prove his damages in this action. In his motion, Plaintiff
requests the Court have a copy of this video sent to his friend, Renee Ritter, attorney Eugine
Action, or to the Court for safe keeping.
Once default has been entered, the factual allegations in the complaint are taken as true,
but the allegation regarding the amount of damages must be proven. See Fed R. Civ. P. 55(b)(2);
Garamendi v. Henin, 683 F.3d 1069, 1080 (9th Cir. 2012). “[N]ecessary facts not contained in
the pleadings, and claims which are legally insufficient, are not established by default.” Cripps v.
Life Ins. Co. of North America, 980 F.2d 1261, 1267 (9th Cir. 1992). The relief sought must not
be different in kind or exceed the amount that is demanded in the pleadings. Fed. R. Civ. P.
The Court is inclined to grant Plaintiff’s request for the subpoena duces tecum. However,
the Court is not a repository for the party’s evidence and therefore the request for the video to be
sent to the Court will be denied.
The Court understands why Plaintiff would be hesitant to have the video sent to him while
it custody, however, it has concerns regarding Plaintiff’s request to have this video sent to a third
party. Therefore, the Court shall require Plaintiff to show that the third party is able and willing
to receive and keep the video for Plaintiff. If Plaintiff wishes a friend to receive the video, he
must submit a declaration, under penalty of perjury, from the individual that he or she is willing
to accept the video and will retain it and release it to Plaintiff upon his release from custody. If
Plaintiff wishes the video to be sent to an attorney, then the Court needs proof that Plaintiff has
retained the attorney for this matter. In other words, the Court will not order the evidence to be
turned over to a third party without a showing that the individual is willing to accept and be
responsible for the evidence. Accordingly,
IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that, within thirty days from the date of service of this order,
Plaintiff shall notify the court who should be designated to receive a copy of the video and proof
of the individual’s willingness to accept and be responsible for the evidence as set forth in this
IT IS SO ORDERED.
October 1, 2013
UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
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