Mahe v. Hartman et al

Filing 35

ORDER - Plaintiff Jason Mahe's Objection (ECF No. 24 ) is overruled. Signed by Chief Judge Miranda M. Du on 7/15/2021. (Copies have been distributed pursuant to the NEF - SC)

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1 2 3 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 4 DISTRICT OF NEVADA 5 *** 6 JASON A. MAHE, Case No. 3:21-cv-00069-MMD-WGC Plaintiff, 7 ORDER v. 8 HARTMAN, et al., 9 Defendants. 10 11 On June 2, 2021, United States Magistrate Judge William G. Cobb ordered that pro 12 se Plaintiff Jason Mahe’s motion to seal Claim 2 of his first amended complaint (ECF No. 13 6 (“Motion)) be denied. (ECF No. 23 (“Order”).) Judge Cobb stayed the unsealing of Claim 14 2 to provide Mahe an opportunity to file an objection. (Id. at 4.) Mahe filed an objection 15 shortly thereafter on June 8, 2021. (ECF No. 24 (“Objection”).) The Court, finding no clear 16 error, overrules Mahe’s Objection. 17 In reviewing a magistrate judge’s non-dispositive pretrial order, the magistrate’s 18 factual determinations are reviewed for clear error. See 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1)(A); see also 19 Fed. R. Civ. P. 72(a). “A finding is clearly erroneous when although there is evidence to 20 support it, the reviewing body on the entire evidence is left with the definite and firm 21 conviction that a mistake has been committed.” United States v. Ressam, 593 F.3d 1095, 22 1118 (9th Cir. 2010) (quotation omitted). A magistrate judge’s pretrial order issued under 23 § 636(b)(1)(A) is not subject to de novo review, and the reviewing court “may not simply 24 substitute its judgment for that of the deciding court.” Grimes v. City & Cnty. of S.F., 951 25 F.2d 236, 241 (9th Cir. 1991). 26 In his Objection, Mahe argues that if document evidence comes to light that he is a 27 confidential informant, then he will continue to be in substantial danger. (ECF No. 24 at 2.) 28 He further states that proof that he was a confidential informant are in embodied in “NDOC 1 grievance numbers” 2006-307-4707 and 2006-30-76628. (Id. at 3.) While the Court is 2 sympathetic to Mahe’s alleged situation, Mahe’s argument fails because Mahe has filed 3 several other motions in this action asserting that he was a confidential informant, and he 4 has not sought to seal those documents. 5 Moreover, Mahe merely provides the Court with grievance numbers but does not 6 provide the grievances themselves to support his assertions. It is not the Court’s 7 responsibility to locate these grievances and the burden of production is on Mahe. 8 Accordingly, and having reviewed the record in this case, the Court finds that Judge Cobb 9 did not err in denying Mahe’s Motion. For the reasons stated herein, the Court overrules 10 11 12 13 Mahe’s Objection. It is therefore ordered that Plaintiff Jason Mahe’s Objection (ECF No. 24) is overruled. DATED THIS 15th Day of July 2021. 14 15 16 MIRANDA M. DU CHIEF UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 2

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