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Miller v. Woodford

IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA


August 25, 2009

GERALD LEE MILLER, PLAINTIFF,
v.
JANE WOODFORD, ET AL., DEFENDANTS.

ORDER

Plaintiff is a state prisoner proceeding without counsel in an action brought under 42 U.S.C. § 1983. On June 5, 2009, he filed a motion to compel discovery. He seeks information on the whereabouts of defendant G. Costra,*fn1 who has yet to be served with process. Plaintiff makes two arguments in support of his request. First, he argues that the defendants have failed to comply with the initial disclosure requirement of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. See Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(a)(1).*fn2 However, actions brought without counsel by a person in custody are exempt from the rule requiring initial disclosure of certain information. Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(a)(1)(B)(iv).

Plaintiff also argues that, independent of any obligation to comply with Rule 26(a)(1), defendants have unreasonably withheld or delayed plaintiff's access to information regarding the whereabouts of defendant Costra. To date, plaintiff has not been able to obtain an address where this defendant can be located. On December 18, 2008, the court informed plaintiff that he could seek assistance from the court if his access to this information was denied or unreasonably delayed. Plaintiff asserts that he has written to counsel for the defendants who have appeared in this action requesting that those defendants produce information regarding the whereabouts of this defendant. In their opposition to plaintiff's motion, defendants assert that they do not have this information. Plaintiff has failed to produce any evidence that the defendants' representations are false or presented in bad faith or that they are deliberately denying or delaying plaintiff's access to information about the whereabouts of defendant G. Costra.

Accordingly, it is ORDERED that plaintiff's June 5, 2009, motion to compel is denied.


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