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Smith v. Crones

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA


September 18, 2009

JARMAAL LARONDE SMITH, PLAINTIFF,
v.
LEANN CRONES, ET AL., DEFENDANTS.

The opinion of the court was delivered by: Arthur L. Alarcón United States Circuit Judge Sitting by Designation

ORDER

Plaintiff Jarmaal Laronde Smith is a state prisoner proceeding pro se in the instant action. He seeks relief pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983. This matter is scheduled for a jury trial that will commence on September 28, 2009. (Doc. 101).

Prior to the jury trial, this Court will hold a hearing to determine whether Plaintiff will appear at trial in restraints, and if so, to what extent. See Lemons v. Skidmore, 985 F.2d 354, 358 (7th Cir. 1993) (holding that a judge should give individual consideration to whether a civil litigant, who is a prisoner, must appear at trial in restraints). As such, this Court orders the Sergeant in charge of Transportation to be present at trial to present evidence to support the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation's recommendation that Plaintiff be restrained at trial. See id. (finding that a judge may consider recommendations made by the Department of Corrections regarding the issue of shackling as evidence, but the ultimate determination resides with the court and may not be delegated to another party).

Accordingly, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that

1. The Clerk of Court issue the attached subpoena to require the Sergeant in charge of Transportation to appear before this Court on September 28, 2009, at the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California, 501 "I" Street, Sacramento, California in courtroom 3 on the 15th floor;

2. The Clerk of Court forward the issued subpoena and this order to the United States Marshal;

3. The United States Marshal personally serve the Sergeant in charge of transportation or his or her designated agent for service of process on or before September 28, 2009; and

4. The Clerk of Court fax a courtesy copy of the subpoena to the Sergeant in charge of Transportation at the California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility.

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