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Franklin v. Butler

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


September 28, 2010

ROBERT DUANE FRANKLIN, PLAINTIFF,
v.
BUTLER, ET AL., DEFENDANTS.

ORDER

Plaintiff is a state prison inmate proceeding pro se with a civil rights action under 42 U.S. C. § 1983. He has filed a motion to file an amended pretrial statement and a motion for the joinder of a party.

I. Motion To Amend

Plaintiff asks to amend his pretrial statement and his request for subpoenas for unincarcerated witnesses who refuse to testify voluntarily. Defendants have not opposed the motion. Plaintiff explains he prepared his original requests in haste, before the court vacated the earlier dates. He will be given the opportunity to file an amended pretrial statement and request for the presence of unincarcerated witnesses.

II. Motion For Joinder

Plaintiff seeks to join Lieutenant Williams as necessary for just adjudication under Rule 19(a) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. Under that rule, a non-party may be joined if complete relief cannot be granted in his absence. Disabled Rights Action Committee v. Las Vegas Events, 375 F.3d 861, 878 (9th Cir. 2004). In this case, Lieutenant Williams was a witness to the events at issue. His absence as a party does not prevent this court from fashioning meaningful relief between the parties. Northrop Corporation v. McDonnell Douglas Corporation, 705 F.2d 1030, 1043-46 (9th Cir. 1983).

III. Trial

The matter is set for trial on November 15, 2010 at 9:00 a.m. in Courtroom Six before the Honorable John A. Mendez. The pretrial conference on the papers only will be held on October 20, 2010.

IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED that: 1. Plaintiff's motion to amend his pretrial statement (docket no. 73) is granted; plaintiff's amended pretrial statement and request for the presence of witnesses is due no later than October 13, 2010.

2. Plaintiff's motion for joinder (docket no. 74) is denied. 3. Trial is set for November 15, 2010 at 9:00 a.m. in Courtroom Six before the Honorable John A. Mendez.

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