Snyder v. Phelps et al

Filing 50

LETTER ORDER to Counsel re Discovery. Signed by Judge Richard D Bennett on 1/24/07. (eg, Deputy Clerk)

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Snyder v. Phelps et al Doc. 50 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT DISTRICT OF MARYLAND Chambers of Richard D. Bennett United States District Judge Northern Division U.S.Courthouse - Chambers 5D 101 W. Lombard Street Baltimore, MD 21201 Tel: 410-962-3190 Fax: 410-962-3177 January 24, 2007 TO COUNSEL OF RECORD Re: Snyder v. Phelps, et al. Civil No. RDB 06-1389 Dear Counsel: In addition to the Defendants' Motion to Stay (Paper #37), as to which this Court has entered a letter order this date, counsel discussed with the Court the matter of the medical records of the Plaintiff being sought by the Defendants in discovery. It was agreed that counsel for the Plaintiff shall submit said records to the Court for in camera, ex parte review by Friday, January 26, 2007. The Court will review those documents and determine whether all, some, or none of the documents shall be supplied to the Defendants pursuant to their discovery requests. Assuming that some portions of those records are deemed to be discoverable, counsel will jointly prepare a Stipulated Order Regarding Confidentiality of Discovery Material pursuant to Local Rule104.13 of this Court and modeled after Appendix D providing the format for said Order. That Order shall reflect that defense counsel may disclose documents to the Defendant Fred W. Phelps, Sr. and to two corporate designees of the Defendant Westboro Baptist Church, Inc. Those three individuals and counsel for the Defendants will be subject to the Order of the Court with respect to confidentiality. Said Order should be submitted by Wednesday, January 31, 2007, for entry by this Court. Sincerely, /s/ Richard D. Bennett United States District Judge RDB/skp

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