Dopp v. Honaker et al
ORDER granting 6 Motion to Stay Case as set forth herein. Signed by Magistrate Judge Charles B Goodwin on 09/01/2017. (jb)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE WESTERN DISTRICT OF OKLAHOMA
RICHARD LYNN DOPP,
BUDDY HONAKER et al.,
Case No. CIV-17-816-D
This matter is before the Court on Defendants’ Application to Stay Proceedings and
Request for Order Requiring Special Report. Defs.’ Appl. (Doc. No. 6) at 1-3 (filed Aug.
9, 2017). Defendants have jointly removed this civil action from an Oklahoma state court
based upon Plaintiff’s claims of violations of his federal constitutional rights, which
Defendants assert are claims brought under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 and subject to removal under
28 U.S.C. §§ 1331 and 1441(a). Notice of Removal (Doc. No. 1) at 2; see 28 U.S.C.
§ 1446(b)(2). Defendants now seek “an Order staying proceedings herein for 60 days and
requiring the Oklahoma Department of Corrections to submit a Special Report[.]” Defs.’
Appl. at 3; see generally 28 U.S.C. § 1447; Fed. R. Civ. P. 81(c)(2).
In compliance with the guidelines set out in Martinez v. Aaron, 570 F.2d 317 (10th
Cir. 1978), a procedure has been followed in this judicial district whereby an administrative
review of the subject matter of civil rights complaints filed by inmates is undertaken by the
appropriate officials and the results of that review reported to the Court. After preliminary
review of the Petition (Doc. No. 1-1), the Court finds that an investigation and special
report are necessary to develop a record sufficient to ascertain whether there are any factual
or legal bases for Plaintiff’s claims. See Hall v. Bellmon, 935 F.2d 1106, 1109 (10th Cir.
1991). Defendants’ Application (Doc. No. 6) therefore is GRANTED as outlined below.
IT IS THE ORDER OF THIS COURT that:
Officials responsible for the operation of North Fork Correctional Center in Sayre,
Oklahoma, shall undertake a review of the subject matter of the Petition:
to ascertain the facts and circumstances, including the outcome of
administrative relief sought by Plaintiff;
to consider whether any action can and should be taken by the institution or
other appropriate officials to resolve the subject matter of the Petition; and
to determine whether prior related complaints, either pending in this Court
or elsewhere, should be considered together with this Petition.
Following completion of the review, a written special report setting forth the
findings shall be compiled. The special report shall restate in separate paragraphs
the allegations of the Petition followed by the pertinent information developed by
the review. Whenever appropriate, Plaintiff’s medical records shall be included in
the special report. Likewise, any rules and regulations pertinent to the subject matter
of the Petition shall be included as part of the special report.
The special report shall be due no later than sixty (60) days from the date of this
In accordance with 42 U.S.C. § 1997e(g)(2), the Court has conducted its initial
screening of the Petition and finds that Plaintiff has a reasonable opportunity to
prevail on the merits. Thus, pursuant to § 1997e(g)(2) and LCvR 9.2(c) the Court
orders each Defendant, within sixty (60) days of this Order, to file an answer and/or
motion presenting other defenses or objections available under the Federal Rules of
Civil Procedure. See Fed. R. Civ. P. 81(c)(2).
If a motion to dismiss or other dispositive motion is filed, Plaintiff must file a
response thereto within twenty-one (21) days from the date the motion was filed.
See LCvR 7.1(g). Failure to respond to the motion within that time period may
result in the motion being deemed confessed. Id.
Unless otherwise ordered, any party shall have seven (7) days to respond to a request
for an extension of time.
No applications or motions shall be filed, pending motions considered, or discovery
served upon any parties until the special report has been filed, except as the Court
may otherwise order.
Plaintiff is advised that any motion to remand the case to state court on the basis of
any defect other than lack of subject matter jurisdiction must be made within 30
days of the filing of the Notice of Removal. See 28 U.S.C. § 1447(b); Notice of
Removal at 1-3 (filed July 31, 2017). Unless demand was made in state court,
Plaintiff must file any demand for trial by jury within fourteen (14) days of his
receipt of service of the Notice of Removal. LCvR 81.1; see Fed. R. Civ. P.
Any motion that was pending in state court at the time of removal will be considered
withdrawn unless, within 30 days of removal, the original moving party files a
notice of pending motion and attaches copies of: (1) the original motion filed in state
court, and (2) all responses, replies, or other papers filed in state court that are
necessary to resolve the motion. This Court may require that any such document be
refiled to conform with the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure or the Local Civil
Rules. LCvR 81.2(b).
The Clerk of Court is directed to mail this Order to Plaintiff, the Oklahoma Department of
Corrections, and the relevant official at North Fork Correctional Center.
IT IS SO ORDERED this 1st day of September, 2017.
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