White v. City of San Francisco

Filing 17

ORDER REGARDING SERVICE OF PROCESS AND DISPOSITIVE MOTIONS. Plaintiff must provide to the court a current address for Siragusa no later than 8/21/09. Denying 16 plaintiff's motion for summary judgment. (SI, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 6/15/2009) (Additional attachment(s) added on 6/22/2009: # 1 cs) (ys, COURT STAFF).

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 United United States District Court For the Northern District of California 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA LARRY LIONEL WHITE, Plaintiff, v. CITY OF SAN FRANCISCO; et al., Defendants. / No. C 08-4603 SI (pr) ORDER REGARDING SERVICE OF PROCESS AND DISPOSITIVE MOTIONS A. Service of Process Problem This pro se prisoner's civil rights action concerns an allegedly improper arrest of plaintiff by retired San Francisco police inspector Peter Siragusa on April 22, 2005. The court reviewed the complaint under 28 U.S.C. 1915A, determined that it stated a claim against Siragusa, and ordered service of process on Siragusa. The U.S. Marshal's Service representative has reported to the court (via the "remarks" box on the process receipt and return form (docket # 14)) that the attempt to serve Siragusa at the San Francisco Police Department was unsuccessful because he had retired and the department did not provide a new address at which he could be served. Plaintiff must provide a current address for Siragusa. It is plaintiff's obligation, not the court's, to find out where the defendant may be served. Plaintiff must promptly and diligently try to find a current address for the defendant. He might, for example, look in telephone books, or write to the San Francisco Police Department's personnel office or any citizen oversight committee that exists for the police department. Plaintiff must provide to the court a current 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 United States District Court For the Northern District of California 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 address for Siragusa no later than August 21, 2009. If plaintiff does not provide a current address for Siragusa, or the Marshal is unable to serve him at the address provided, this action will be dismissed. B. Dispositive Motions In light of the service of process problem, the court VACATES the previously set briefing schedule for the motion for summary judgment or other dispositive motion. If the unserved defendant problem is resolved, the court will set a new briefing schedule. Plaintiff filed a motion for summary judgment in which he argued that he was entitled to judgment because the court records showed that the defendant was served by the Marshal on March 19, 2009, and had not filed an answer or defense. This argument is factually wrong in that the defendant was not served with process. See Docket # 14. This argument also is legally wrong in that a defendant's failure to file an answer does not automatically entitle a plaintiff to judgment as a matter of law; a plaintiff must prove his entitlement to relief. Plaintiff's motion for summary judgment therefore is DENIED. (Docket # 16.) IT IS SO ORDERED. Dated: June __, 2009 _______________________ SUSAN ILLSTON United States District Judge 2

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