Free v. Peikar et al

Filing 51

ORDER WITHDRAWING FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDATIONS 45 ; ORDER Setting Evidentiary Hearing; ORDER DENYING Motion for Sanctions 50 ; ORDER DENYING Motion for Clarification 47 , signed by Magistrate Judge Jennifer L. Thurston on 5/9/2018: The Court sets an evidentiary hearing on June 25, 2018 at 8:30 a.m. at the United States Courthouse, located at 510 19th Street, Bakersfield, CA 93301. (Hellings, J)

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 9 EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 10 11 PAUL FREE, Plaintiff, 12 v. 13 14 Case No.: 1:17-cv-00159 AWI JLT DR. NADER PEIKER, et al., Defendants. 15 16 ORDER WITHDRAWING FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDATION (Doc. 45) ORDER SETTING EVIDENTIARY HEARING ORDER DENYING MOTION FOR SANCTIONS (Doc. 50) ORDER DENYING MOTION FOR CLARIFICATION (Doc. 47) 17 18 The Court1 issued Findings and Recommendations to deny the motion for summary judgment 19 20 based upon a dispute of fact as to whether the administrative process had been rendered unavailable to 21 the plaintiff. (Doc. 45) The Court refused to set an evidentiary hearing because the defendants had not 22 requested it but indicated if they wished one, they could seek it in their objections. Id. at 13. The 23 defendants have now done so. (Doc. 49) While the motion was under consideration, the Court stayed all “pending”2 discovery except 24 25 for that which may be issued by the plaintiff to discover a service address for defendant Mettri. (Docs. 26 40, 44) In doing so, the Court stated, “The Court cannot assist Plaintiff in prosecuting his case nor can 27 the Court instruct him on law or procedure. Plaintiff may seek Defendant Mettri’s whereabouts 28 1 Judge Seng issued this determination before his retirement. In the order, the Court stated that any responses to discovery requests would not be due until 30 days after the Court ruled on the motion for summary judgment. (Doc. 40 at 2) 2 1 through the discovery process or, if unsuccessful in that endeavor, may seek a subpoena duces tecum 2 requiring the Bureau of Prisons to provide information regarding Ms. Mettri. The Court will not issue 3 a subpoena unless and until Plaintiff has demonstrated he has exhausted other efforts to locate Ms. 4 Mettri.” (Doc. 44 at 2) Though plaintiff seeks an order from the Court requiring the BOP to either 5 produce the defendant’s address or to accept service for this defendant, neither of these requests are 6 proper discovery. It is the plaintiff’s obligation to make discovery efforts through the mechanisms set 7 forth in the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, not to simply request the Court the orders he believes the 8 Court should issue. Once he does that, the Court will consider issuing a subpoena upon proper 9 application. Therefore, the Court ORDERS: 10 1. The Findings and Recommendations (Doc. 45) are WITHDRAWN; 11 2. The Court sets an evidentiary hearing on June 25, 2018 at 8:30 a.m. at the United 12 States Courthouse, located at 510 19th Street, Bakersfield, CA 93301; 13 3. Because responses to pending discovery are not yet due, the request for sanctions (Doc. 14 50) is DENIED; 15 4. The motion for clarification (Doc. 47) is DENIED. 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 IT IS SO ORDERED. Dated: May 9, 2018 /s/ Jennifer L. Thurston UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE

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