Moore v. Gipson et al
ORDER to SHOW CAUSE Regarding Plaintiff's Failure to Provide Sufficient Information to Effectuate Service on Registered Nurse Sabios, signed by Magistrate Judge Barbara A. McAuliffe on 4/3/19. Show Cause Response Due Within Fourteen Days. (Gonzalez, R)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
MERRICK JOSE MOORE,
ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE REGARDING
PLAINTIFF’S FAILURE TO PROVIDE
SUFFICIENT INFORMATION TO
EFFECTUATE SERVICE ON REGISTERED
(ECF Nos. 122, 143)
CASAS, et al.,
Case No. 1:13-cv-01820-BAM (PC)
FOURTEEN (14) DAY DEADLINE
Plaintiff Merrick Jose Moore (“Plaintiff”) is a state prisoner proceeding pro se and in
forma pauperis in this civil rights action under 42 U.S.C. § 1983. All parties have consented to
Magistrate Judge jurisdiction. (ECF Nos. 7, 74.) This matter is set for trial on April 29, 2019.
On March 5, 2019, Plaintiff’s motion for attendance of incarcerated and unincarcerated
witnesses was granted with respect to the attendance of unincarcerated witnesses Sergeant Love,
Nurse Sabios, and Nurse Savage. (ECF No. 122.) Plaintiff submitted checks made out to these
witnesses for the appropriate witness fees on March 27, 2019, and the Court directed service of
subpoenas on the witnesses the same date. (ECF No. 139.)
On April 2, 2019, subpoenas were returned executed as to Sergeant Love and Nurse
Savage. (ECF No. 144.) However, the subpoena as to Nurse Sabios was returned unexecuted
and the check for Nurse Sabios was returned to the Clerk of the Court. (Id.)
Plaintiff, as an incarcerated pro se plaintiff proceeding in forma pauperis, is entitled to
rely on the U.S. Marshal for service of subpoenas for his unincarcerated witnesses. See Puett v.
Blandford, 912 F.2d 270, 275 (9th Cir. 1990). However, it is ultimately Plaintiff’s responsibility
to provide the Marshal with accurate and sufficient information to effect service. See Walker v.
Sumner, 14 F.3d 1415, 1421–22 (9th Cir. 1994), abrogated on other grounds by Sandin v.
Connor, 515 U.S. 472, 115 (1995).
Here, the U.S. Marshal attempted to serve Nurse Sabios with the information that Plaintiff
provided. However, the Marshal was informed by CDCR that no one by the name Sabios has
ever worked at CSP or any other CDCR location. CDCR suggested a possible spelling error, and
that the name of the witness might be spelled “Ceballos.” (ECF Nos. 143, 144.) Plaintiff
therefore has not provided sufficient information to identify and locate Nurse Sabios for service
of the subpoena.
Plaintiff will be afforded an opportunity to provide correct or updated information
regarding this witness’s name, as well as provide a new check for the appropriate witness fees
made out to the name of the correct individual. Regarding the check made out to R.N. Sabios,
the Court will physically return the check to Plaintiff at trial, unless Plaintiff requests otherwise.
Accordingly, it is HEREBY ORDERED that within fourteen (14) days from the date of
service of this order, Plaintiff shall provide the Court with the correct spelling of the name of
Nurse Sabios. If Plaintiff wishes to have the U.S. Marshal attempt to re-serve the subpoena on
this witness, Plaintiff should submit a new check or money order in the amount of $102.64, made
out to the correct spelling of the witness’s name. Plaintiff’s failure to timely comply with this
order will result in Plaintiff’s inability to call this witness to testify at trial.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
April 3, 2019
UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
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