Peter Kiewit Sons', Inc. v. Wall Street Equity Group, Inc. et al
ORDER overruling West's 408 Oral Motion to Continue Trial. Ordered by Judge John M. Gerrard. (Copy mailed to pro se party)(MKR)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF NEBRASKA
PETER KIEWIT SONS', INC.,
WALL STREET EQUITY GROUP,
INC., ET AL.,
This matter is before the Court on the oral motion to continue made by
defendant Steven S. West (filing 408) during the Court's pretrial
teleconference on October 9, 2013. The motion is denied.
The Court has reviewed the evidence submitted by West in his previous
motions to the United States Magistrate Judge (filings 398, 400, and 404).
Based on West's conduct during the discovery phase of these proceedings, see,
e.g., filing 263, the Court is concerned that West may be attempting to use a
continuance to delay final disposition of the plaintiff's claims. See Watson v.
Miears, 772 F.2d 433, 437 (8th Cir. 1985). But more importantly, West is
effectively asking the Court, based on the evidence presented, to indefinitely
continue this case. That, the Court is unwilling to do. See Radecki v. Joura,
177 F.3d 694, 696 (8th Cir. 1999); see also Johnson v. Potter, 364 Fed. Appx.
159, 163 (5th Cir. 2010).
Courts have consistently held that a continuance sought for medical
reasons may be appropriately denied where the evidence submitted in
support of the motion contains no suggestion of when or if the party or
witness might be available for trial. See, Rance v. Rocksolid Granit USA, Inc.,
489 Fed. Appx. 314, 316 (11th Cir. 2012); Johnson, 364 Fed. Appx. at 163;
Command-Aire Corp. v. Ontario Mech. Sales and Serv. Inc., 963 F.2d 90, 96
(5th Cir. 1992); Scholl v. Felmont Oil Corp., 327 F.2d 697, 700 (6th Cir. 1964).
Nor is the Court obliged to accept a conclusory statement, even from a
medical professional, that is unsupported by medical records or other
documentation. See United States v. $94,000.00, 2 F.3d 778, 787-88 (7th Cir.
1993). West's evidence, to the limited extent it is credible, provides no basis
for the Court to determine when, if ever, West might be more fit for trial. The
inadequate evidence West has presented provides no reasonable basis for the
Court to indefinitely delay the plaintiff's right to prosecute its claims.
IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED that West's oral motion to continue
trial (filing 408) is overruled.
Dated this 9th day of October, 2013.
BY THE COURT:
John M. Gerrard
United States District Judge
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