MASSEY v. ZATACKY
ORDER denying 10 Motion for Discovery. Signed by Judge Tanya Walton Pratt on 9/26/2013 (copy sent to Clifton Massey) (CBU)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF INDIANA
) Case No. 1:13-cv-1067-TWP-TAB
Presently before the court is habeas corpus petitioner Clifton T. Massey’s motion for
Rule 6(a) of the Rules Governing ' 2254 Cases, 28 U.S.C. ' 2254, allows habeas corpus
petitioners to conduct civil discovery “if, and to the extent that, the judge in the exercise of his
discretion and for good cause shown grants leave to do so, but not otherwise.” See Bracy v.
Bramley, 520 U.S. 899, 904 (1997) (“A habeas petitioner, unlike the usual civil litigant in federal
court, is not entitled to discovery as a matter of ordinary course”). In order to be entitled to
discovery, a petitioner must make specific factual allegations that demonstrate that there is good
reason to believe that the petitioner may, through discovery, be able to garner sufficient evidence
to entitle him to relief. See id. at 908-09.
The motion for discovery is insufficient. The motion identifies what item he seeks—all
papers, documents, correspondence, or memos that petitioner has written to the respondent
concerning this action. The petitioner states that these documents will show the respondent’s
indifference to the petitioner’s concerns. There is no identifiable connection between the
documents sought and the petitioner’s entitlement to habeas corpus relief. Correspondence
written by the petitioner could not be understood to reflect the respondent’s mental impressions.
Without a plausible basis to conclude that the discovery sought could lead to sufficient evidence
to entitle the petitioner to relief, “good cause” for the discovery sought has not been shown.
The motion for discovery [dkt. 10] is therefore denied.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
Pendleton Correctional Facility
4490 West Reformatory Road
Pendleton, IN 46064
Electronically Registered Counsel
Hon. Tanya Walton Pratt, Judge
United States District Court
Southern District of Indiana
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