Schwartz v. Ploughe

Filing 17

ORDER granting 14 Mr. Schwartz Motion for Extension of Time in Order to File Reply Brief on or before 6/26/09; denying 15 Mr. Schwartz Motion for Discovery and Sanctions in Part, Pursuant to Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Rules 26 and 37 by Magistrate Judge Craig B. Shaffer on 5/18/09. (Attachments: # 1 Attachment)(erv, )

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Slip Copy Slip Copy, 2008 WL 4225853 (D.Colo.) (Cite as: 2008 WL 4225853 (D.Colo.)) Page 1 Only the Westlaw citation is currently available. United States District Court, D. Colorado. Earl CROWNHART, Applicant, v. Larry REID, Warden, Respondent. Civil Action No. 08-cv-00692-MSK-KLM. Sept. 15, 2008. Earl Crownhart, Pueblo, CO, pro se. ORDER KRISTEN L. MIX, United States Magistrate Judge. *1 This matter is before the Court on several motions filed by Applicant [Docket Nos. 97, 98, 100, 108 and 112]. Citing to many different Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Applicant appears to request that he be allowed to serve interrogatories and request admissions on Defendant [# 97, # 98 & # 108], that he be allowed to subpoena witnesses to testify at trial [# 98], that he be allowed to take depositions [# 108], and that he be allowed discovery in general in order to obtain documentary evidence [# 112]. Applicant remains confused about the proper procedures for prosecution of this habeas corpus action. Because no "trial" occurs in a habeas action, discovery is limited. "The procedures set out in the habeas corpus statutes take precedence over the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure during the pendency of habeas corpus proceedings." Burton v. Johnson, 975 F.2d 690, 694 (10th Cir.1992) (citing Browder v. Dir., Dep't of Corr., 434 U.S. 257, 267-68 (1978)). The Federal Rules of Civil Procedure cited by Applicant are not normally applicable, although 28 U.S.C. 2246 authorizes interrogator- ies and depositions in limited circumstances. That is, pursuant to 28 U.S.C. 2246, "[o]n application for a writ of habeas corpus, evidence may be taken orally or by deposition, or, in the discretion of the judge, by affidavit. If affidavits are admitted any party shall have the right to propound written interrogatories to the affiants, or to file answering affidavits."A district court, when presented with a 2241 petition that establishes a prima facie case for relief, "may use or authorize the use of suitable discovery procedures, including interrogatories, reasonably fashioned to elicit facts necessary to help the court to dispose of the matter." Harris v. Nelson, 394 U.S. 286(290) (1969) (internal quotations omitted); see also Hernandez v. Garrison, 916 F.2d 291, 293 (5th Cir.1990) (rules of pretrial discovery are not applicable to the habeas corpus proceedings unless necessary to help the court dispose of the matter as law and justice require). However, Applicant has not argued and the Court does not find that Applicant's 2241 habeas petition establishes a prima facie case for relief, nor that discovery is necessary to help the Court dispose of the matter. Accordingly, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that the Motions [Docket Nos. 97, 98,108 and 112] are DENIED. Finally, Applicant appears to again attempt to amend his Second Amended Petition for Habeas Corpus to add a claim pursuant to Colorado State law and/or the Eighth Amendment [# 100]. IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that the Motion [# 100] is DENIED, for the reasons set forth by the Court in its Minute Order dated July 30, 2008 [Docket No. 69] and Order dated August 12, 2008 [Docket No. 94]. D.Colo.,2008. Crownhart v. Reid Slip Copy, 2008 WL 4225853 (D.Colo.) END OF DOCUMENT 2009 Thomson Reuters/West. No Claim to Orig. US Gov. Works.

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