Brown v. Clark County Detention Center et al

Filing 83

ORDER that the Court RECONSIDERS its 62 Order to the extent it is inconsistent with this order, and further REFERS this case to the pro bono pilot program for the potential representation of Plaintiff by an attorney. The Court DENIES withou t prejudice the 78 Motion to Compel Discovery. Discovery cutoff: 4/12/2017. Discovery Motions: April 26, 2017. Dispositive Motions due by 5/17/2017. Signed by Magistrate Judge Nancy J. Koppe on 1/5/2017. (Copies have been distributed pursuant to the NEF; NEF regenerated to Pro Bono Liasion - SLD)

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 8 DISTRICT OF NEVADA 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 CHARON L. BROWN, ) ) Plaintiff(s), ) ) vs. ) ) CLARK COUNTY DETENTION CENTER, et al., ) ) ) Defendant(s). ) __________________________________________) Case No. 2:15-cv-01670-APG-NJK ORDER (Docket Nos. 62, 78) 16 Plaintiff has previously requested appointment of counsel in this case. See, e.g., Docket No. 29. 17 Although a close question, the Court ultimately denied that request based largely on the appearance that 18 Plaintiff was sufficiently able to articulate his claims and arguments in this case, in particular with respect 19 to discovery disputes between the parties. Docket No. 62 at 2.1 In light of more recent filings, the Court 20 has decided to reconsider that decision sua sponte. See, e.g., United States v. Martin, 226 F.3d 1042, 1049 21 (9th Cir. 2000) (courts have authority to reconsider non-final orders sua sponte). 22 Plaintiff filed a motion to compel discovery that includes some pertinent arguments but omits 23 discussion of other areas that plainly warrant further exploration. Docket No. 78.2 For example, Defendant 24 acknowledges that his contact reports cannot be produced because they were destroyed in or after May 25 2016, see Docket No. 81 at 12; Docket No. 81-9 at ¶ 7, after he appeared in this case and after discovery 26 27 28 1 The Court further noted that Plaintiff has a fair likelihood of success in this case. Id. 2 Plaintiff failed to file a reply. 1 was commenced, see Docket Nos. 8, 16. Plaintiff objects to the destruction of these documents after the 2 commencement of discovery, Docket No. 78 at 8, which the Court liberally construes as a contention that 3 Defendant engaged in spoliation of evidence, see, e.g., Apple Inc. v. Samsung Elecs. Co., 888 F. Supp. 2d 4 976, 989 (N.D. Cal. 2012) (the destruction or failure to preserve evidence for another’s use in pending or 5 reasonably foreseeable litigation may constitute spoliation). Nonetheless, Plaintiff has not addressed the 6 pertinent standards or developed that argument more generally. Similarly, Defendant resists production 7 of his personnel file on the grounds that, inter alia, it is protected under the “official information privilege.” 8 Docket No. 81 at 9. This objection was not raised in Defendant’s initial discovery response, see Docket 9 No. 31 at 14, leading to the potential that this objection was waived, see, e.g., Jones v. Zimmer, 2014 WL 10 6772916, at *10 (D. Nev. Dec. 2, 2014) (collecting cases explaining that such an objection must be 11 specifically invoked by name with the initial discovery response). Plaintiff does not address this waiver 12 issue or the applicability of this privilege generally. 13 The Court does not outline the above issues to express an opinion on them or to forecast how it will 14 rule on the discovery dispute before it.3 Instead, it does so to highlight that Plaintiff has not addressed 15 significant issues that may be readily apparent to an attorney. As a result, the Court finds that Plaintiff has 16 not shown himself to be sufficiently able to proceed pro se and, further, that this case should be referred 17 to the Court’s pro bono pilot program in light of the pertinent considerations. See Gen. Order 2014-01. 18 Accordingly, the Court RECONSIDERS its order at Docket No. 62 to the extent it is inconsistent with this 19 order, and further REFERS this case to the pro bono pilot program for the potential representation of 20 Plaintiff by an attorney. 21 The Court DENIES without prejudice the motion to compel discovery at Docket No. 78. If counsel 22 is obtained for Plaintiff through the pro bono pilot program, the motion to compel can be refiled after new 23 counsel conducts a pre-filing conference with Defendant’s counsel. If counsel is not obtained for Plaintiff, 24 Plaintiff may renew the motion through the filing of a “Motion Seeking a Ruling on Docket No. 78,” which 25 must be filed on or before April 26, 2017. 26 27 28 3 The Court has also not sought to compile an exhaustive list of the issues that merit further attention from Plaintiff. 2 1 In addition, in light of the above, the Court EXTENDS the below deadlines as follows: 2 • Discovery cutoff: April 12, 2017 3 • Discovery motions: April 26, 2017 4 • Dispositive motions: May 17, 2017 5 IT IS SO ORDERED. 6 DATED: January 5, 2017 7 8 __________________________________ NANCY J. KOPPE United States Magistrate Judge 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 3

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