HOLLEMAN v. GILLEY et al
ENTRY ON ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE - The Order to Show Cause (Dkt. 115 ) is DISCHARGED, conditioned upon Defendants' payment of the fees and expenses identified above. See Entry for details. Signed by Judge Tanya Walton Pratt on 7/28/2017. (MAT)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF INDIANA
ROBERT L. HOLLEMAN,
DUSHAN ZATECKY, TOM FRANCUM,
ANDREW COLE, DUANE ALSIP, and KERI
Case No. 1:14-cv-00671-TWP-DML
ENTRY ON ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE
On June 5, 2017, this Court issued to Defendants’ counsel an Order to Show Cause (Dkt.
115), setting the matter for hearing on July 5, 2017. The hearing was held as scheduled before
District Judge Tanya Walton Pratt and Magistrate Judge Lynch.
Defense counsel David
Dickmeyer and Jefferson Garn appeared as ordered, as well as Jessica Lindemann, appointed
counsel for the Plaintiff, and the Plaintiff, Robert Holleman, who participated by telephone. The
initial portion of the hearing was conducted ex parte with defense counsel.
The Court’s issuance of the show cause order arose out of certain statements defense
counsel made to the Magistrate Judge in preparation for a settlement conference scheduled for
May 26, 2017. Those statements triggered a concern on the Court’s part that certain sworn
testimony of record (including testimony later relied upon by the Court in a summary judgment
order) could be inaccurate. That testimony related primarily to three subjects: (1) the testimony
of Mr. Zatecky (at Dkt. 44-1 ¶¶ 9 and 10) and Mr. Francum (at Dkt.44-8 ¶¶ 5 and 13) that the audit
of the law library computers was “general” and “random” and did not “target” Mr. Holleman, and
(2) the testimony of Ms. Johnson (at Dkt. 44-10 ¶¶ 23 and 25) that when Mr. Holleman was
returned to general population, there was no position available in the law library. At the show
cause hearing, the Court also raised a question about a third subject: the accuracy of the references
in the Zatecky (¶ 9) and Francum (¶ 7) affidavits regarding the computer use policy in effect at the
time of the subject audit.
At the show cause hearing, Defense counsel represented to the Court that they had done a
thorough investigation of the first two topics identified above and that they had not discovered
false statements of fact in the sworn testimony. As to the computer use policy in effect at the
relevant time, Mr. Garn conceded that the affidavits identified the wrong policy and alleged the
misrepresentation was unintentional and the product of “sloppiness” by counsel.
Defense counsel supplemented their statements in their recently filed Motion to Strike their
summary judgment filings and to vacate the Court’s grant of summary judgment in favor of
Defendants Cole and Alsip (Dkt. 120). They reiterate that the computer use policy they had
provided to the Court in their summary judgment filings was not in effect at the relevant time.
They maintain that Mr. Dickmeyer was unaware of that fact before the show cause hearing but
that Mr. Garn was already aware of it because Mr. Holleman had pointed it out in his summary
Their motion also reveals that after the show cause hearing, counsel
determined that another policy they had submitted to the Court to support their summary judgment
motion (relating to the honor dorm) may have been amended before Mr. Holleman was returned
to general population, thereby potentially misleading the Court.
Consistent with their
representations at the show cause hearing, defense counsels admit no other mistakes or
The Court has granted the Defendants request to strike their summary judgment filings and
to vacate its earlier grant of summary judgment (Dkt. 121). That does not mean the Court vouches
for counsels’ suggestion that the only reason for the Court’s drastic actions in issuing the show
cause order, striking filings, and vacating its summary judgment order is the Defendants’ reliance
on written policies that either were not in effect at the time of the audit or, as to the latest matter
regarding the honor dorm policy, not in effect at all times relevant to the case.
The Court has continuing concerns about the accuracy of testimony presented in this case.
As to the testimony that Mr. Holleman was not targeted and that the audit was random, the Court
finds it difficult to reconcile these assertions with other facts defense counsel have disclosed.
Defense counsels’ conclusion that it is not inaccurate appears to be based on a careful parsing of
words. 1 This Order has specifically identified that testimony, and Mr. Holleman’s counsel may
address this issue fully in depositions. On the “no positions available” issue, defense counsel
acknowledged in their summary judgment reply that there was conflicting evidence, and the Court
has no reason on this record to conclude counsel were aware of a misrepresentation in Ms.
Johnson’s affidavit. As to the Defendants’ identification of a computer use policy not put in place
until after the audit at issue, the Court does not at this time have sufficient information to either
accept counsels’ “sloppiness” label or to conclude the Defendants’ reliance on it was more
purposeful. Counsel for Mr. Holleman may explore that issue in depositions as well.
No further conclusions by the Court about the testimony identified in this Order is required
at this time. If deposition or trial testimony establish knowing and intentional misstatements to
the Court, it will be appropriately addressed. For now, with the affidavits stricken and the
summary judgment order vacated, the Court will leave it to Plaintiff’s counsel—at the Defendants’
This “parsing” is also suggested by a statement counsel included in their Motion to Strike: “When preparing for the
show cause hearing, [counsel] focused on comparing the information submitted in the settlement statement with the
submitted affidavits, concluding that the statements were not false based on the information they had learned.” Dkt.
120 ¶ 21. That is not the inquiry the show cause order and Rule 3.3 mandate: They required the focus to be on a
comparison of the sworn testimony of record to the truth.
expense—to investigate these issues further in discovery. Indeed, the Defendants have stated that
they have no objection “to allowing Plaintiff the opportunity to participate in full discovery,
including depositions of the Defendants at the expense of the State of Indiana.” (Dkt. 120, ¶ 20.)
The Court finds that it is appropriate here to require the State to pay reasonable expenses, including
reasonable attorneys’ fees, 2 for Mr. Holleman to take the depositions of the Defendants (and any
other witnesses for which a deposition is reasonably necessary), as well as to follow up on written
discovery. The Court finds this to be an appropriate remedy under the circumstances. The Court
also uses this occasion to underscore the critical importance of candor, care, and diligence in the
presentation of testimony and arguments to the Court.
The Order to Show Cause (Dkt. 115) is DISCHARGED, conditioned upon Defendants’
payment of the fees and expenses identified above. 3
When the Court appointed counsel for Mr. Holleman under Local Rule 87, it did not anticipate that substantial
discovery efforts would be necessary. This case is set for trial in September, and thus the discovery must be conducted
on an expedited basis. Because this appointment of counsel will require more extraordinary effort than was
anticipated, the Court finds it appropriate to allow appointed counsel to be paid reasonable attorneys’ fees for the time
required to conduct necessary discovery. This payment will not affect Ms. Lindemann’s status as appointed counsel
or the “credit” she will receive under the local rule for her service.
Ms. Lindemann is directed to present her fee and cost reimbursement request to defense counsel within fourteen (14)
days of the completion of all of Plaintiff’s discovery. Counsel should confer and attempt to reach an agreement on
the amount to be paid. If they cannot agree, Ms. Lindemann can file a petition within fourteen (14) days of the
conclusion of trial for the Court to establish the amount, unless the Court directs a different schedule.
BARNES & THORNBURG LLP
David C. Dickmeyer
OFFICE OF THE INDIANA ATTORNEY GENERAL
Jefferson S. Garn
OFFICE OF THE INDIANA ATTORNEY GENERAL
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