Gonzalez v. Razo et al

Filing 84

ORDER Allowing Additional Briefing and Evidence and Setting Deadlines,signed by Magistrate Judge Erica P. Grosjean on 07/31/17. (Case Management Deadline: 8/17/2017) (Martin-Gill, S)

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1 2 3 4 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 5 EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 6 7 MANUEL ANTONIO GONZALEZ, 8 Case No. 1:15-cv-01098-DAD-EPG (PC) Plaintiff, 9 v. 10 ORDER ALLOWING ADDITIONAL BRIEFING AND EVIDENCE, AND SETTING DEADLINES J. RAZO, et al., 11 (ECF NOS. 58 & 83) Defendants. 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 On July 27, 2017, the Court held a hearing on Defendants’ motion for summary judgment. (ECF No. 58). Counsel Stanley Goff appeared telephonically on behalf of Plaintiff. Counsel David Carrasco appeared telephonically on behalf of Defendants. The hearing concerned certain disputes about the law as well as the factual record. One legal issue concerned the effect of Reyes v. Smith, 810 F.3d 654 (9th Cir. 2016), and specifically whether the Ninth Circuit’s decision in that case concerned a grievance filed under CDCR’s current procedures regarding identification of personnel. The Court gave Plaintiff’s counsel leave to submit an additional short legal brief regarding that case, and will extend the same courtesy to Defense counsel as ordered below. Additionally, the Court discussed Plaintiff’s submissions at ECF No. 64, and 66. Neither Plaintiff’s nor Defendants’ counsel appeared familiar Plaintiff’s submissions, which were made by Plaintiff himself, rather than his counsel. At the hearing, the parties discussed certain seemingly relevant documents and also noted that Plaintiff’s papers referenced the location of other potentially relevant information. Defense counsel objected to consideration of such evidence because it was not submitted by Plaintiff’s counsel. The Court expressed its extreme 28 1 1 concern that documents included in those submission call into question representations made in 2 Defendant’s motion for summary judgment. 3 submission of evidence and argument regarding these documents, as described below. Accordingly, the Court will allow additional 4 Additionally, defense counsel asked that the Court decline to consider a declaration by the 5 Plaintiff because it was not signed by hand. (ECF No. 77). Plaintiff’s counsel stated that it could 6 obtain a signed declaration with additional time. 7 Accordingly, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that, no later than August 17, 2017, the parties 8 have leave to submit the following, which the Court will consider in reference to Defendants’ 9 Motion for Summary Judgment (ECF No. 58): 10 1. Plaintiff shall submit a signed copy of his declaration (ECF No. 77); 11 2. Defendants shall submit all documents associated with health care appeal log number 12 14036162, which was referenced in the Declaration of Robinson, (ECF No. 58-6, p. 3) 13 in a list of medical appeals followed by the statement “None of these appeals concern 14 an incident on March 18, 2014, in which custody staff allegedly used excessive force, 15 failed-to-protect, were deliberately indifferent to, or retaliated against inmate 16 Gonzalez.” 17 3. The parties have leave to submit additional evidence regarding any appeal/grievance 18 that may have exhausted Plaintiff’s available administrative remedies, after additional 19 consideration of any relevant health care appeals as well as information referenced in 20 Plaintiff’s direct submissions to the Court; 21 4. Each party may also file a supplemental legal brief, if they so choose, to address these 22 issues. The brief shall be no longer than ten (10) pages. The brief may contain 23 information relating to whether the grievance at issue in Reyes v. Smith, 810 F.3d 654 24 (9th Cir. 2016) was filed after Cal. Code Regs. tit. 15, § 3084.2(a)(3) was enacted. 25 \\\ 26 \\\ 27 \\\ 28 2 1 The parties’ briefs may also contain arguments related to whether any 2 grievances/appeals not addressed in the parties prior briefs, including the health care 3 appeal with log number 14036162, exhausted Plaintiff’s administrative remedies as to 4 any defendant. 5 6 7 IT IS SO ORDERED. Dated: July 31, 2017 /s/ UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE 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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