Gerstein v. Central Intelligence Agency et al

Filing 106

STIPULATION AND ORDER TO EXTEND DEFENDANTS' BRIEFING DEADLINE FOR RENEWED MOTION FOR SUMMARY JUDGMENT. Defendants' renewed motion for summary judgment is due no later than January 5, 2009. Signed by Judge Maxine M. Chesney on December 5, 2008. (mmclc2, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 12/5/2008)

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 GREGORY A. KATSAS Assistant Attorney General KEVIN V. RYAN United States Attorney JOHN R. TYLER Assistant Branch Director CARLOTTA P. WELLS Senior Trial Counsel United States Department of Justice Civil Division Federal Programs Branch Post Office Box 883 Washington D.C. 20044 Tel: (202) 514-4522 Fax: (202) 616-8470 carlotta.wells@usdoj.gov Attorneys for Defendants UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA SAN FRANCISCO DIVISION JOSHUA GERSTEIN, Plaintiff, v. CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY, et al., Defendant. ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) Case No. C 06-04643 MMC STIPULATION TO EXTEND DEFENDANTS' BRIEFING DEADLINE FOR RENEWED MOTION FOR SUMMARY JUDGMENT ; ORDER The parties hereby stipulate to an additional 30-day extension of the deadline for defendants' renewed motion for summary judgment, the deadline for which presently is December 5, 2008. The bases for this stipulation are as follows: 1. Pursuant to the Court's September 26, 2008 Order, defendants were to file a renewed motion for summary judgment with respect to two categories of documents: (1) the withholding by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) of fourteen documents referred by the Department of Justice (DOJ) pursuant to Exemption 3 of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. S T I P U L A T I O N TO EXTEND DEFS.' BRIEFING DEADLINE FOR RENEW E D SJ Case No. C 06-04643 MMC 552; and (2) the withholding of documents by the Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR), an 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 S T I P U L A T I O N TO EXTEND DEFS.' BRIEFING DEADLINE FOR RENEW E D SJ -2Case No. C 06-04643 MMC office within DOJ. The September 26 Order allowed defendants the opportunity to supplement their motions for summary judgment in order to further explain the bases for applications of FOIA Exemptions to these two categories of documents by November 21, 2008. 2. On November 17, 2008, defendants sought a two-week extension of time, until December 5, 2008. The Court granted the extension by minute order on November 18, 2008. At the time that motion was filed, undersigned counsel had been advised that two weeks would be a sufficient amount of time for the CIA and OPR to complete preparation of their documents in support of the renewed motion for summary judgment. 3. CIA has provided counsel with the necessary information. 4. Counsel has not yet received all of the necessary information from OPR. Due to turnover in staff (both the paralegal and the attorney who prepared OPR's response to plaintiff's FOIA request have retired from the government since defendants filed their motion for partial summary judgment in August 2007), it is a time-consuming and difficult task to identify the universe of documents withheld, either in full or in part, in response to plaintiff's FOIA request. Once the universe has been identified, OPR will draft a new declaration and Vaughn index in support of the renewed motion for summary judgment. To ensure adequate time to prepare an accurate and comprehensive declaration and index, defendants request a period of up to 30 days, or until January 5, 2009, to file their renewed motion for summary judgment. 5. On December 3, 2008, defendants' counsel contacted plaintiff, advising him that the government needed more time to file a renewed motion for summary judgment with respect to OPR, but that the government could proceed with filing a motion on December 5 with respect to the CIA. In response, plaintiff has stipulated to a 30-day extension of time and further indicated he preferred keeping the deadlines for both CIA and OPR aligned. Accordingly, the parties stipulate to extend the defendants' briefing deadline by 30 days, 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Dated: December 4, 2008 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 S T I P U L A T I O N TO EXTEND DEFS.' BRIEFING DEADLINE FOR RENEW E D SJ -3Case No. C 06-04643 MMC or until January 5, 2009. Respectfully submitted, JOSHUA GERSTEIN GREGORY A. KATSAS Assistant Attorney General /s/ Plaintiff /s/ Carlotta P. Wells Senior Trial Counsel United States Department of Justice Civil Division Federal Programs Branch Dated: December 4, 2008 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 [PROPOSED] ORDER Upon consideration of the parties' stipulation, the deadline for the government's renewed motion for summary judgment is extended by 30 days, to reflect that defendants' renewed motion for summary judgment is due no later than January 5, 2009. PURSUANT TO STIPULATION, IT IS SO ORDERED. Dated:_D___mber_5,_2008 _ _ ece____ _ ____ ____________________________________ MAXINE M. CHESNEY United States District Judge S T I P U L A T I O N TO EXTEND DEFS.' BRIEFING DEADLINE FOR RENEW E D SJ -4Case No. C 06-04643 MMC

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