King v. Whatcom County Deputies et al

Filing 36

ORDER denying plaintiff's 35 Motion to void power of attorney without prejudice by Hon. Brian A Tsuchida.(RS) cc plaintiff

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1 2 3 4 5 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT WESTERN DISTRICT OF WASHINGTON AT SEATTLE 6 7 8 ROBERT L KING, Plaintiff, 9 10 11 ORDER DENYING MOTION TO VOID POWER OF ATTORNEY v. LT. STACH, et al., Defendants. 12 13 CASE NO. C16-1420-JCC-BAT Pro se plaintiff Robert L. King moves the Court to void a Power of Attorney and to enter 14 an order “directing Defendant to comply to any and all filing by Plaintiff while housed in 15 Whatcom County Jail.” Dkt. 35. For the reasons discussed below, the motion is DENIED 16 without prejudice. 17 Plaintiff first asks that this Court void a Power of Attorney granted to Matthew Silva of 18 Seattle Law. Dkt. 35 at 1. There is no indication that Mr. Silva or Seattle Law have any 19 connection with this case, and nothing before this Court suggests it has jurisdiction over the 20 matter. The Court therefore declines to grant plaintiff’s request. 21 As for the remainder of plaintiff’s motion, the Court finds it difficult to discern whether 22 any request for relief may be granted. Plaintiff asserts that on March 28, 2017, he was 23 transferred to Whatcom County Jail, where he was placed in segregation without reason and ORDER DENYING MOTION TO VOID POWER OF ATTORNEY - 1 1 denied access to the jail law library. Dkt. 35 at 2. These claims appear to be new and unrelated 2 to the claims raised in plaintiff’s complaint. See Dkt. 15. Additionally, the Court observes that 3 plaintiff makes no request for relief to redress these grievances. Accordingly, the Court declines 4 to review them. 5 Plaintiff also suggests he is still awaiting responses to discovery requests. Dkt. 35 at 3. 6 But plaintiff offers no facts indicating any responses are untimely or otherwise objectionable.1 7 Thus, it is not clear whether plaintiff raises, or even intends to raise, a meritorious discovery 8 dispute. The Court therefore also declines to address this portion of plaintiff’s motion at this 9 time. 10 Plaintiff’s motion, Dkt. 35, is DENIED without prejudice. 11 The Clerk is directed to send a copy of this Order to plaintiff and to the Honorable John 12 C. Coughenour. 13 DATED this 20th day of April, 2017. 14 A 15 BRIAN A. TSUCHIDA United States Magistrate Judge 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 1 23 Plaintiff is reminded that Local Rule 37(a)(1) and Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 37(a)(1) provide that any motion to compel discovery must certify that the movant has made a good faith effort to meet and confer with the allegedly offending party in an effort to resolve any dispute without court action. See Local Rules W.D. Wash. LCR 37(a)(1); Fed. R. Civ. P. 37(a)(1). ORDER DENYING MOTION TO VOID POWER OF ATTORNEY - 2

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