Barger v. Director of Operations of CDCR

Filing 10

ORDER re Motion to be Heard 8 ; ORDER Denying Motion for Documents 9 , signed by Magistrate Judge Stanley A. Boone on 10/5/17. (Gonzalez, R)

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 8 EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 9 10 GARY DALE BARGER aka GARY FRANCIS FISHER, Case No. 1:17-cv-01067-SAB-HC ORDER RE: MOTION TO BE HEARD 11 Petitioner, 12 13 ORDER DENYING MOTION FOR DOCUMENTS v. (ECF Nos. 8, 9) 14 DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS OF CDCR, Respondent. 15 16 17 Petitioner is proceeding pro se with a petition for writ of habeas corpus pursuant to 28 18 U.S.C. § 2254. 19 On August 21, 2017, the Court received Petitioner’s submission entitled “Motion to Be 20 Heard.” (ECF No. 8). Therein, Petitioner: (1) inquires whether exhibits were included with his 21 petition; (2) informs the Court that his handwriting is near illegible due to injuries arising from 22 an attempt on Petitioner’s life; and (3) informs the Court that the ending of his memorandum was 23 incomplete. The Court notes that exhibits were included with both Petitioner’s original and 24 amended petitions. There are hundreds of prisoner civil cases presently pending before the Court. 25 Due to these heavy caseloads, the Court will not respond to further inquiries regarding the status 26 of filings. 27 In the motion for documents, Petitioner appears to request copies of his C-file from the 28 California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (“CDCR”) pursuant to 5 U.S.C. § 552, 1 1 Rules 26 and 34 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, the California Public Records Act, and 2 title 15, California Code of Regulations section 3375(h). (ECF No. 9 at 1, 3).1 The CDCR, as a 3 state agency, is not covered under the Freedom of Information Act, 5 U.S.C. § 552. See St. 4 Michael’s Convalescent Hosp. v. California, 643 F.2d 1369, 1373 (9th Cir. 1981). Rule 6 of the 5 Rules Governing Section 2254 Cases provides that leave of court is required for a party to 6 conduct discovery under the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. Rule 6(a), Rules Governing 7 Section 2254 Cases. Here, the Court has not authorized Petitioner to conduct discovery. 8 Accordingly, Petitioner is not entitled to documents from the CDCR pursuant to 5 U.S.C. § 552 9 or Rules 26 and 34 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. Moreover, to the extent that 10 Petitioner requests the Court to order the CDCR to provide documentation pursuant to the 11 California Public Records Act or the California Code of Regulations, this Court is not the proper 12 forum for such relief. Accordingly, the Court HEREBY ORDERS that: 13 14 1. The motion to be heard (ECF No. 8) is TERMINATED; and 15 2. The motion for documents (ECF No. 9) is DENIED. 16 17 IT IS SO ORDERED. 18 Dated: October 5, 2017 UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 1 Page numbers refer to the ECF page numbers stamped at the top of the page. 2

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