Buchanan v. Kapur et al
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER. IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that plaintiff's Motion for the Appointment of Independent Expert Witness(es) 59 is DENIED. IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that plaintiff's Motion for Entry of Third Amended Case Management Order 58 is GRANTED in part. (See Full Order for amended deadlines.) Signed by District Judge Catherine D. Perry on 2/23/2017. (CBL)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI
STEPHANIE MARIE BUCHANAN,
HARI KAPUR, M.D., et al.,
Case No. 2:15 CV 5 CDP
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER
Plaintiff Stephanie Marie Buchanan is a Missouri state prisoner who is
presently proceeding in this prisoner civil rights action pro se. After a hearing on
July 14, 2016, I allowed appointed counsel to withdraw after both Buchanan and
counsel expressed that they could not overcome their disagreement as to how to
proceed with the case. Buchanan now asks that I amend the case management
order to give her time to obtain an expert witness and to prepare documents to
respond to defendants’ pending summary judgment motion. Buchanan asks that I
continue all deadlines in this case as well as the trial, which is presently set on June
12, 2017. Buchanan also asks that I appoint an independent medical expert to help
her establish her claim.
Defendants oppose the motions, and point out that seven months have
elapsed from the time plaintiff’s former counsel was allowed to withdraw and the
time she sought this relief. In fact, she waited until her response to defendants’
motion for summary judgment was actually due to indicate that she needed more
When I conducted the in camera hearing regarding withdrawal of appointed
counsel, plaintiff indicated that she understood she would be required to prosecute
the case on her own if counsel withdrew. Additionally, counsel indicated that they
had provided her with all information in their file.1
Although plaintiff has demonstrated a greater-than-average ability to
represent herself in this case, I recognize that she is proceeding pro se, and in the
interests of justice I will grant her some additional time. I will not, however,
appoint an expert witness. Just as there is no right to appointed counsel in a civil
case such as this, there is no right to have an expert witness appointed. I will,
however, give her additional time to secure an expert on her own and provide the
report required under the federal rules.
IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that plaintiff’s Motion for the Appointment of
Independent Expert Witness(es)  is DENIED.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that plaintiff’s Motion for Entry of Third
Buchanan also claims that she has not received certain Court orders and other documents filed
in the case. But my review of the Court file shows that all orders have been sent to her at her
present place of confinement, and certificates of service on the defendants’ filings show that
they, too, have been sent to Buchanan.
Amended Case Management Order  is GRANTED in part.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the following schedule shall apply in all
relevant respects and will be modified only upon a showing of exceptional
Plaintiff shall disclose any expert witnesses and produce the reports
required by Rule 26(a)(2), Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, no later than April
24, 2017. These expert witnesses shall be made available for depositions, and their
depositions shall be completed, no later than May 24, 2017.
The parties shall complete all discovery in this case no later than May
Plaintiff shall respond to defendants’ pending motion for summary
judgment no later than June 23, 2017.
This case is removed from the trial docket of June 12, 2017, and will
not be reset for trial until after the motion for summary judgment is ruled.
CATHERINE D. PERRY
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
Dated this 23rd day of February, 2017.
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