Ramos v. Peterkin et al
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER. For the reasons set forth in the attached document, the Court will not further extend the time for the completion of Officer Smith's deposition. The parties are reminded that the Joint Pretrial Order is due by January 25, 2013. Ordered by Magistrate Judge Roanne L. Mann on 1/17/2013.(Williams, Jennifer)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK
WAYNE PETERKIN, et al.,
ROANNE L. MANN, UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE:
In this personal injury action, defendants Wayne Peterkin and Murphey’s Trucking,
LLC (collectively, “defendants”) have requested on numerous occasions that this Court soorder a subpoena requiring non-party witness New York City Police Officer O’Neill Smith
(“Officer Smith”) to appear for a deposition.
Defendants’ first such request, on August 30, 2012, was denied without prejudice
because the proposed subpoena was facially invalid. See Memorandum and Order (Sept. 7,
2012), Electronic Case Filing Document Entry (“DE”) #26. Thereafter, defendants submitted,
and the Court so-ordered, a revised subpoena, requiring Officer Smith to appear on October
16, 2012. See Endorsed Order (Sept. 20, 2012), DE #29. Although Officer Smith apparently
failed to appear for the October 16, 2012 deposition, the Court was never informed of this
until well after the October 26, 2012 deadline for fact discovery. See Letter Requesting
Subpoena (Dec. 14, 2012), DE #33; Endorsed Order (Aug. 27, 2012), DE #24.
In December 2012, defendants requested that this Court endorse yet another deposition
subpoena addressed to Officer Smith, requiring him to appear at the federal courthouse in
Brooklyn on January 3, 2013. See id. On December 21, 2012, this Court granted the
application, see Endorsed Order (Dec. 21, 2012), DE #34, but, due to a clerical error, the
October 16, 2012 subpoena was entered into the ECF docket as an attachment to the order, and
defendants did not apprise the Court of the clerical error until December 26, 2012. See Letter
Seeking So-Ordered Subpoena (Dec. 26, 2012), DE #35. The Court immediately rectified the
docketing error and also made available the original of the correct subpoena, to be picked up
by defendants’ counsel.1
By January 2, 2013, the day before the so-ordered deposition, the subpoena still had
not been picked up. That day, defendants wrote to this Court, explaining that it was too late to
timely serve the subpoena for a January 3, 2013 deposition date and requesting that the Court
so-order yet another subpoena – this time for a deposition on January 17, 2013. See Letter
Seeking So-Ordered Subpoena (Jan. 2, 2013), DE #36. Reluctantly, the Court granted the
application on the condition that defendants submit a letter confirming that all parties had
agreed upon the January 17, 2013 date. See Endorsed Order (Jan. 2, 2013), DE #37. After
defendants did so, see Letter Seeking So-Ordered Subpoena (Jan. 3, 2013), DE #38, the Court
so-ordered the subpoena for a deposition of Officer Smith on January 17, 2013. See Endorsed
Order (Jan. 3, 2013), DE #39.
Given the forgoing factual background, the Court was disturbed to learn that Officer
Smith arrived at the courthouse at 3:00 p.m. today for his so-ordered deposition, and neither
Defendants’ counsel’s office called this Court’s chambers and confirmed that the Court
would be open on December 27, 2012, so that the subpoena could be picked up.
defendants nor plaintiff showed up. Reportedly, due to a purported scheduling conflict,
defendants’ counsel unilaterally cancelled the deposition yesterday, without notifying Officer
Smith directly, and without seeking leave of the Court to reschedule a deposition that the
Court, at defendants’ request, had ordered be conducted today. In addition to violating a court
order, defense counsel’s last-minute notice to Officer Smith’s precinct of the cancellation was
disrespectful at best.
Discovery ended on October 26, 2012. The Court will not further extend the time for
the completion of this deposition, nor will the Court order Officer Smith to interrupt his
policing responsibilities in order to appear a second time for a deposition in this civil matter.
The parties are reminded that the Joint Pretrial Order is due by January 25, 2013.
Brooklyn, New York
January 17, 2013
Roanne L. Mann
ROANNE L. MANN
UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
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