Pacific News Service v. Tilton
ORDER RELATING CASES AND SETTING HEARING ON MOTION TO CONSOLIDATE. Signed by Judge Jeremy Fogel on 3/9/06. (jfsec, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 3/9/2006)
Pacific News Service v. Tilton
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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 v. Jeanne S. WOODFORD, Acting Secretary of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation; Steven W. Ornoksi, Acting Warden of San Quentin State Prison; and Does 1-50, Defendants. PACIFIC NEWS SERVICE, Plaintiff, UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA SAN JOSE DIVISION
Case Number C 06 1793 JW HRL DEATH-PENALTY CASE ORDER RELATING CASES AND SETTING HEARING ON MOTION TO CONSOLIDATE
[Docket No. 3]
The present action concerns a First Amendment challenge by a news organization to California's lethal-injection protocol. Plaintiff moves to relate and consolidate the present action with Morales v. Woodford, Nos. C 06 219 JF RS & C 06 926 JF RS, which involves an Eighth Amendment challenge to the protocol, and also moves to shorten time so that its motion may be heard on March 10, 2006. Defendants consent to relation of the cases but oppose both consolidation and the motion to shorten time. Having considered the moving and opposing papers, and in light of Defendants' nonopposition to Plaintiff's substantive motion insofar as the motion seeks to relate the present action to Morales, the motion is GRANTED to that extent. The Court hereby designates the Honorable Richard Seeborg, the assigned magistrate judge for Morales, as the assigned
Case No. C 06 1793 JW HRL O R D E R RELATING CASES AND SETTING HEARING ON MOTION TO CONSOLIDATE (DPSAGOK)
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magistrate judge for the instant case. All future filings in the instant case shall bear the case number C 06 1793 JF.RS. To the extent that Plaintiff seeks consolidation of the instant case with Morales for purposes of discovery and the evidentiary hearing now scheduled for May 2 and 3, 2006, the Court concludes that Defendants have raised substantial case management concerns that should be addressed by the Court and counsel in an orderly manner. In light of the Court's calendar and other commitments on March 10, 2006, and because both the Court and Defendants' lead counsel thereafter will be unavailable until March 20, 2006, the Court declines to hear the motion to consolidate on March 10, 2006, and instead will hear the motion on Tuesday, March 21, 2006 at 1:30pm. Counsel may appear in person or by telephone. Plaintiff may file a reply to Defendants' opposition to consolidation not later than March 16, 2006. The hearing on the motion to consolidate shall be followed by a case management conference; in the event consolidation of the cases is granted, the Court will adjust the current case-management schedule in Morales to the extent that such adjustment is necessary and appropriate. IT IS SO ORDERED.
DATED: March 9, 2006
__________________________________ JEREMY FOGEL Unit ed States District Judge
C a s e No. C 06 1793 JW HRL O R D E R RELATING CASES AND SETTING HEARING ON MOTION TO CONSOLIDATE (DPSAGOK)
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