Varnell v. Washington State Department of Corrections et al
ORDER denying 163 Motion for public records, signed by Magistrate Judge David W. Christel.**2 PAGE(S), PRINT ALL**(Mitchell Varnell, Prisoner ID: 871147)(CMG)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
WESTERN DISTRICT OF WASHINGTON
MITCHELL LEE VARNELL,
CASE NO. 3:15-cv-05443-BHS-DWC
ORDER DENYING MOTION FOR
WASHINGTON DEPARTMENT OF
CORRECTIONS, et al.,
Plaintiff Mitchell Lee Varnell, proceeding pro se and in forma pauperis, filed this civil
rights complaint under 42 U.S.C. § 1983.
Plaintiff originally filed his Complaint in June of 2015. Dkt. 1. Plaintiff subsequently
filed a Motion for Preliminary Injunction. Dkt. 32. In January of 2017, the District Court, upon
reconsideration, adopted this Court’s Report and Recommendation and denied Plaintiff’s Motion
for Preliminary Injunction. Dkt. 124. Plaintiff appealed this decision to the Ninth Circuit Court
of Appeals. Dkt. 126. In light of this appeal, the Court stayed the action. Dkt. 154. In response to
a Motion for Clarification (Dkt. 157), the Court clarified that it would not consider “any pending
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1 or future motions filed with the Court until the Ninth Circuit has resolved the pending appeal”
2 (Dkt. 161). Plaintiff subsequently filed a Request for Public Records. Dkt. 163. The Court
3 interprets this Request as a Motion to Produce Records (“Motion”). The Ninth Circuit has not yet
4 ruled on Plaintiff’s appeal. See Dkt.
In light of the Court’s previous Order limiting consideration of motions until after the
6 Ninth Circuit has ruled, Plaintiff’s Motion (Dkt. 163) is denied without prejudice. Plaintiff may
7 refile the Motion after the Ninth Circuit has concluded his appeal. However, Plaintiff references
8 several letters he apparently sent to the Court and various exhibits attached to his appeals brief to
9 the Ninth Circuit. The Court cannot locate any of these documents in this case’s docket.
10 Therefore, even if the Court granted his Motion, the Court would not be able to produce the
11 documents he requests.
The Clerk is directed to provide a copy of this Order to Plaintiff.
Dated this 1st day of December, 2017.
David W. Christel
United States Magistrate Judge
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