Tierra Blanca Ranch High Country Youth Program et al. v. Felipe Gonzales
ORDER by Magistrate Judge Kevin R. Sweazea granting in part 80 Motion to Clarify, Clarifying Stay of Discovery, and Directing Parties to Submit Joint Letter (cbf)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF NEW MEXICO
TIERRA BLANCA HIGH
COUNTRY YOUTH PROGRAM;
SCOTT CHANDLER; COLLETTE
CHANDLER; and BRYCE HALL,
ORDER GRANTING IN PART PLAINTIFFS’ MOTION TO
CLARIFY, CLARIFYING STAY OF DISCOVERY, AND
DIRECTING PARTIES TO SUBMIT JOINT LETTER
THIS MATTER comes before the Court on Plaintiffs’ motion to clarify the stay of
discovery issued on January 25, 2017, following Defendant’s assertion of qualified immunity.
The Court has considered the parties’ submissions and heard oral argument on the motion on
August 28, 2017. At the conclusion of hearing, the Court announced its decision from the bench
and determined that clarification is appropriate under the circumstances.
IT IS, THEREFORE, ORDERED that Plaintiffs’ motion seeking clarification [Doc.
80] is GRANTED IN PART for the reasons stated on the record.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the Court’ s order staying discovery [Doc. 63] is
clarified as follows: The stay shall not be read as constricting, limiting, or otherwise setting
procedure in ongoing administrative proceedings before New Mexico’s Children Youth and
Family Services Department (“CYFD”). The Court has no jurisdiction over the CYFD
proceeding. Accordingly, the Court does not have the power or authority to either limit
discovery in that proceeding or to compel discovery in that proceeding. The doctrine of
qualified immunity, which is the basis for the Court’s stay in this matter, is not applicable to the
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that parties’ shall inform the Court on or before
September 1, 2017 by joint letter whether they would like Judge Sweazea to continue in this
case or have it reassigned for the reasons discussed at the August 28, 2017 hearing.
KEVIN R. SWEAZEA
UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
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