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Graham v. Runnels

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


June 10, 2010

LEVON D. GRAHAM, PLAINTIFF,
v.
D.L. RUNNELS, ET AL., DEFENDANTS.

The opinion of the court was delivered by: Gregory G. Hollows United States Magistrate Judge

ORDER

Plaintiff, a state prisoner proceeding pro se, seeks relief pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983. By Order, filed on May 26, 2010, Senior United States District Judge Karlton reassigned this case to the undersigned, United States Magistrate Judge Hollows, due to the consent of the parties,*fn1 pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 636(c), and the undersigned accepted "the reference of this case for all further proceedings and entry of final judgment." See Order, filed on May 26, 2010; see also, Local Rule 305. On June 3, 2010 (or by application of the mailbox rule,*fn2 on May 30, 2010), plaintiff purported to decline to proceed before the Magistrate Judge, stating only that he understood a Magistrate Judge's "availability" to decide the case but that he declined the jurisdiction of the Magistrate Judge for "deciding dispository [sic] matters." This latter day assertion is directly contrary to the consent plaintiff made, see footnote 1 above, and is ineffectual to withdraw consent.

Once a civil case is referred to a magistrate judge under 636(c), the reference can be withdrawn by the court only "for good cause shown on its own motion, or under extraordinary circumstances shown by any party." Dixon v. Ylst, 990 F.2d 478, 480 (9th Cir.1993). "There is no absolute right, in a civil case, to withdraw consent to trial and other proceedings before a magistrate judge." Id.

Page v. California, 2008 WL 3976933 * 2 (E.D. Cal. 2008); see also, 28 U.S.C. § 636(c)(4). Far from showing "extraordinary circumstances" for withdrawing the reference, plaintiff has shown no cognizable cause whatever, and the motion, to the extent that it can be construed as one, will be denied.

Accordingly, IT IS ORDERED that plaintiff's June 3, 2010 (docket # 44), filing, construed as a deficient motion to withdraw his consent to the jurisdiction of the United States Magistrate Judge, is denied.


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