Collins Bey v. Berge et al

Filing 57

ORDER denying 41 MOTION for a Court Order for the Defendants' to Cease Unlawful Interference with Plaintiff's Legal Loan ; denying 48 Motion to Strike defendant's motion for summary judgment. Signed by Chief Judge Barbara B. Crabb on 7/17/09. (elc),(ps)

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IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FO R THE WESTERN DISTRICT OF WISCONSIN --------------------------------------------R O B ER T L. COLLINS BEY, ORDER Plaintiff, 0 8 - cv -7 4 7 - b b c v. G E R AL D A. BERGE, RICHARD SCHNEITER, PET ER HUIBREGTSE, GARY BOUGHTON an d JUDITH HUIBREGTSE, D efendan ts. --------------------------------------------Plaintiff Robert Collins Bey was granted leave to proceed in forma pauperis on his claim that defendants violated his First Amendment rights when they restricted visitation and mail privileges between him and Peggy Swan. Defendants moved for summary judgm ent on June 9, 2009. I granted plaintiff an extension of time to file his brief in o p po sitio n to defendants' motion until July 27, 2009. N ow before the court are plaintiff's motion to strike defendants' motion for summary judg m e n t and a motion for a court order enjoining defendants from interfering with p lain tiff's outgoing legal mail. Plaintiff asks the court to strike defendants' motion for sum m ary judgment, claiming that their motion, proposed findings of fact and brief in 1 supp ort are not signed as required under Rule 11, Fed. R. Civ. P. As defendants' lawyer p o in ts out, the documents were signed electronically, which satisfies the Rule 11 r eq u i re m e n t. Therefore, plaintiff's motion to strike defendants' motion for summary judgm ent will be denied. N ext, plaintiff asks the court to tell defendants to cease interfering with his outgoing m ail unless he has violated the legal loan agreement. He states that on July 1 and 2, 2009, he placed his discovery requests in the mail at the institution and that the defendants enfo rced an "unwritten policy" against him. I think that plaintiff is saying that defendants failed to mail the documents for some reason and that by doing so they interfered with his access to the court. There is only one situation in which I may take up the matter of court access in the con text of a pending lawsuit that does not include the claim in the underlying complaint. If plaintiff could show that prison officials were actively and physically blocking his ability to come to trial or defend against a motion filed by the defendants, I may ask defendants' cou nsel to look into the matter and report the circumstances to the court. This authority to entertain an issue that was not formally raised in the complaint stems from the court's inh erent powers to exercise administrative control over the progress of the suits submitted to it for adjudication. Although plaintiff argues that the defendants' unlawful interference with his legal mail 2 h as affected his ability to respond to their motion for summary judgment, plaintiff has not m ad e a showing that this has occurred. For this court to consider the type or motion, plaintiff would have to provide far more information. He has not actually stated that defendants failed to mail his outgoing legal mail or the reason that they did so. Further, he h as not shown that if the discovery requests were not mailed, he would be unable to respond to defendants' motion for summary judgment. Also, I note that plaintiff has sent numerous d o c um en ts to the court since July 2, 2009, including copies of the discovery requests that he referred to in his motion. Therefore, at this time, I will deny plaintiff's motion for an o rder enjoining defendants from interfering with his outgoing legal mail. OR DER IT IS ORDERED that (1 ) Plaintiff's motion to strike defendants' motion for summary judgment, dkt. #48, is DENIED; and (2) Plaintiff's motion for a court order enjoining defendants from interfering with his o utgo ing legal mail, dkt. #41, is DENIED. E n tered this 17 t h day of July, 2009. B Y THE COURT: B AR B AR A B. CRABB D istrict Judge 3

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