Tims, Dennis v. Tesseman, Todd et al
ORDER denying as withdrawn 208 Motion to Continue; granting in part, denying in part and reserving in part 212 Motion for Issuance of Subpoenas. Signed by District Judge William M. Conley on 5/18/2023. (lam),(ps)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE WESTERN DISTRICT OF WISCONSIN
DENNIS JOHN TIMS,
DAVE FIELDS and
Pro se plaintiff Dennis John Tims is proceeding to trial on his Fourteenth
Amendment claims against Physician Assistant Dave Fields and Nurse Klovas, for allegedly
failing to provide Tims needed dental care in 2019 while held at the Clark County Jail.
Today the court held a status conference by Zoom to address Tims’ motions for
continuance (dkt. #208) and to request service of trial subpoenas (dkt. #212). Tim
appeared pro se, while defendants Fields and Klovas were represented by attorneys Alyssa
Chojnacki and Molly Woodford, respectively. Following discussion, during the hearing
Tims withdrew his motion for a continuance (dkt. #208), and defendants agreed that this
case can proceed to trial as scheduled. Following further discussion of Tims’ request for
issuance of trial subpoenas (dkt. #212), the court:
GRANTED plaintiff’s request as to Inmate Jonathan Churkey and Brent
King for their testimony by videoconference;
DENIED plaintiff’s request as to Gregory Herrick, Melissa Inlow, Dr. Kristen
Wells, Dr. Anthony Schwigel, Nicholas Brazeau Jr., and Leonard Mesar; and
RESERVED plaintiff’s request as to Dr. Amy Schnieder, Dr. Steven Kinziger,
Dr. David Walther, Dr. Paul Ganshert, Dr. Karen Shonike, Dr. Robert
Jerome, Emily (Kinziger’s assistant), Jaimie Gomez, and Laci Tlusty.
As for the reserved witnesses, the court directed Tims to clarify how each of them
was involved in his medical care, and to designate as exhibits any medical records that
involve these witnesses. Tims should also state which witnesses he wants to appear in
person, understanding that the court is not inclined to allow him to call more than a few,
in-person witnesses. Those follow-up submissions are due May 22, 2023, along with any
other pretrial submissions due at that time.
The court further explained that before issuing any subpoenas, Tims may owe a
witness fee and mileage/per diem for the unincarcerated witnesses. Tims does not owe a
witness fee for incarcerated witness Churkey, but he will owe a witness fee and mileage/per
diem for Brent King. Because King will appear via videoconference, not in person, by May
22, 2023, Tims must remit the $40 witness fee in check form made out to “Brent King.”
Also by May 22, Tims must remit checks for the same amount for any other witness he
wishes to have appear by videoconference. For any witness Tims wishes to appear in
person, he must calculate the additional mileage/per diem payment he would need to pay.
By statute, the current mileage reimbursement rate is $0.58 per mile, and the per diem
payment is $195, if the witness is traveling overnight.
Finally, Tims raised a concern that he has been unable to review his medical records
under the control of Waupun Correctional Institution despite making multiple, written
requests. The court assured Tims that it will intervene if necessary to ensure that he can
review and make copies of his medical records to prepare for trial. Although the court
expects that Waupun’s officials will promptly facilitate Tims’ requests for access to his
medical records without court intervention, the court further advised that Tims should
notify the court by May 24, 2023, if he is unable to review and copy relevant portions of
his medical records for use at trial.
1) Plaintiff John Tims’ motion for continuance (dkt. #208) is DENIED as
2) Tims’ motion for issuance of subpoenas (dkt. #212) is GRANTED in part,
DENIED in part and RESERVED in part as set forth above.
3) The clerk of court is directed to arrange with prison officials at Stanley
Correctional Institution, where Inmate Jonathan Churkey (#563278) is
incarcerated, for his videoconference testimony at trial on Monday June 12,
4) By May 22, 2023, Tims must remit a check made out to “Brent King” in the
amount of $40, to facilitate the service of the subpoena on King for his
testimony at trial via videoconference. Once the court receives that payment, it
will issue an order directing issuance of the subpoena for his appearance.
5) Also by May 22, 2023, Tims must remit checks in the appropriate amount made
out to any other witness who he wishes to testify by videoconference. For any
request for issuance of subpoena that the court denies, the clerk of court will
return to Tims the corresponding check.
6) If Tims cannot afford these fees, he needs to write to the court
immediately demonstrating his inability to pay with an up-to-date
prisoner trust account statement.
7) The clerk of court is directed to forward this order to Waupun’s litigation
coordinator to ensure that Tims has access to his medical records.
Entered this 18th day of May, 2023.
BY THE COURT:
WILLIAM M. CONLEY
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