Goodvine, Christopher v. Litscher, J. et al
ORDER staying 7 Motion for Preliminary Injunction pending EDWI mediation; denying as moot 22 Motion for Court Order; staying 24 Motion for specific relief; denying as moot 25 Motion for order directing defendant Van Lanen to return docu ments; denying as moot 31 Motion for Interim Order Directing Defendant Van Lanen's Subordinate, to Refrain from Witholding Mail; staying 32 Motion Regarding Intimidation of Officers ; Defendants' deadline for filing a responsive pleading is stayed pending EDWI mediation. Signed by District Judge William M. Conley on 8/8/2017. (elc),(ps)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE WESTERN DISTRICT OF WISCONSIN
OPINION AND ORDER
J. LITSCHER, C. JESS, J. SCHWOCHERT,
M. SAUNDERS, K. KALLAS, S. ECKSTEIN,
S. SCHUELER, J. KIND, MS. FRANCOIS,
J. LUTSEY, DR. ANKARLO, DR. STEVEN
SCHMIDT, DR. CHING, DR. FORBES,
DR. SCHWARTZ-OSCAR, CAPT. M.
SCHULTZ, CAPT. VANLANEN, JANE/JOHN
DOE NURSES 1-4, SGT. KEILER-HERT,
Pro se plaintiff Christopher Goodvine is proceeding in this case on claims that prison
staff at the Green Bay Correctional Institution (“GBCI”) violated his rights under the Eighth
Amendment, as well as state law, by failing to protect him from harming himself and subjecting
him to harsh conditions of confinement. Goodvine has filed several motions for preliminary
injunctive relief regarding his conditions of confinement, mental health treatment, access to
the court and interference with his mail, among other things. The court held telephone
conferences on July 21, July 26 and August 8, 2017, to discuss Goodvine’s motions and his
conditions of confinement. At the telephone conference on July 26, 2017, the court heard
from Captain Jay VanLanen and Psychologist Jennifer Harris-Forbes regarding Goodvine’s
current cell conditions and treatment plan. Additionally, Goodvine and defendants have
submitted numerous documents related to the motions, including copies of Goodvine’s
psychological services file and related conduct reports, incident reports and investigations.
As explained at today’s telephone conference, the court recognizes that Goodvine’s
situation is challenging both for himself and DOC. After considering all of the materials
presented by the parties thus far, as well as Goodvine’s history in this court and the Eastern
District of Wisconsin, the court believes that mediation provides the most promising chance
for crafting a resolution that could be beneficial to both sides.
At the court’s suggestion, both Goodvine and defendants have agreed to mediate this
case with Eastern District of Wisconsin Magistrate Judge David Jones. As such, the court will
stay defendants’ deadline for filing a responsive pleading to the complaint pending completion
of that mediation. As for Goodvine’s outstanding motions, the court ruled at today’s telephone
hearing as set forth in the order below.
IT IS ORDERED THAT:
1. Plaintiff Christopher Goodvine’s Motion for Immediate Screening and Preliminary
Injunction with Expedited Evidentiary Hearing (dkt. #7) is STAYED pending
2. Motion for Order Allowing Goodvine to E-File Documents, for Ink Pen, Access to Lexis
Program and In Camera Review (dkt. #22) is DENIED as moot;
3. Motion Describing More Detailed Request for Specific Relief (dkt. #24) is STAYED
4. Motion for Order Directing VanLanen to Return Documents (dkt. #25) is DENIED as
5. Motion for Interim Order Directing VanLanan’s Subordinate to Refrain from
Withholding Mail (dkt. #31) is DENIED as moot;
6. Motion Regarding Intimidation of Officers Relating to No-Contact Restriction (dkt.
#32) is STAYED pending mediation; and
7. Defendant’s deadline for filing a responsive pleading is STAYED pending mediation.
Entered this 8th day of August, 2017.
BY THE COURT:
WILLIAM M. CONLEY
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