Munt v. Larson et al
ORDER re 179 Letter to District Judge filed by Joel Marvin Munt. Plaintiff's request for an additional extension is GRANTED. The Magistrate Judge's January 13, 2017 Order 178 is MODIFIED so as to allow Plaintiff to file his amended response to Defendants' Motion for Summary Judgment no later than April 6, 2017. In all other respects, the January 13, 2017 Order is AFFIRMED. (Written Opinion). Signed by Judge Susan Richard Nelson on 2/16/2017. (JRT)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
DISTRICT OF MINNESOTA
Joel Marvin Munt,
Case No. 15-cv-582 (SRN/SER)
Nanette Larson, et al.,
Joel Marvin Munt, Bayport, MN, pro se.
Timothy S. Christensen, Minnesota Attorney General’s Office, 445 Minnesota Street,
Suite 900, St. Paul, MN 55101, for Defendants.
SUSAN RICHARD NELSON, United States District Judge
This matter comes before the Court on Plaintiff Joel Marvin Munt’s February 8,
2017 Letter to District Judge [Doc. No. 179] (received February 13, 2017) objecting to
Magistrate Judge Steven E. Rau’s January 13, 2017 Order [Doc. No. 178] (“Extension
Order”), which granted Munt an additional four weeks to respond to Defendants’ Motion
for Summary Judgment [Doc. No. 140].
Munt contends that the extension was
“completely without meaning,” because the Extension Order did not reach him until
January 20, 2017, and because prison rules mean that three weeks are required just to
complete printing of the documents he intends to file as his response to the summary
judgment motion. (See Letter to District Judge at 1.) The combined effect of these
delays, Munt argues, is to effectively consume the entirety of the extension period, thus
preventing him from actually profiting from the extension to conduct additional research,
writing, etc. (Id.)
The Court recognizes that Munt’s incarceration places special burdens on his
ability to promptly reply to certain filings made in this matter. It also recognizes that
Munt’s objection raises reasonable concerns about the practical value of the Extension
Order in light of those special burdens. Motivated—as Judge Rau was—by interests of
justice, the Court will thus modify the terms of the Extension Order so as to allow Munt
to file his amended response to Defendants’ Motion for Summary Judgment no later than
April 6, 2017. This extension grants Munt an additional seven weeks in which to prepare
and file his response, which—even accounting for the unavoidable delays identified by
Munt in his Letter—should be ample. 1
In all other respects, the Extension Order is left undisturbed. Accordingly, the
“Objections to Defendants’ Reply” contained in Munt’s Letter are improperly filed and
will not be considered by the Court at this time. To the extent Munt wishes to present the
arguments encompassed by these “objections” to the Court, he must do so in the first
instance in his Response to Defendants’ Motion for Summary Judgment.
THEREFORE, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED THAT:
The Magistrate Judge’s January 13, 2017 Order [Doc. No. 178] is MODIFIED so
as to allow Plaintiff to file his amended response to Defendants’ Motion for
Summary Judgment no later than April 6, 2017;
In all other respects, the January 13, 2017 Order is AFFIRMED; and
On this point, Munt is reminded that while the Court at all times seeks to accommodate
reasonable requests for extensions, it cannot so prolong matters as to impinge upon
Defendants’ own interest in the speedy resolution of this case.
Plaintiff’s “Objections to Defendants’ Reply” contained in his February 8, 2017
Letter to District Judge [Doc. No. 179] are improperly filed and will NOT be
Dated: February 16, 2017
s/Susan Richard Nelson
SUSAN RICHARD NELSON
United States District Judge
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