UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
May 3, 2011
ROBERT JAMES DIXON,
JAMES A. YATES, ET AL., DEFENDANTS.
The opinion of the court was delivered by: Dennis L. Beck United States Magistrate Judge
ORDER REGARDING FILINGS BY
(DOCS. 24, 27)
ORDER STRIKING PLAINTIFF'S
OPPOSITION AS UNSIGNED (DOC. 27)
RESPONSE DUE WITHIN 30 DAYS
Plaintiff Robert James Dixon ("Plaintiff") is a prisoner in the
custody of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
("CDCR"). This action is proceeding on Plaintiff's amended complaint
against Defendants F. Igbinoza and J. Diep *fn1
for violation of the Eighth Amendment. Pending before the
Court is Defendant Igbinoza's motion to dismiss, filed September 20,
2010, for Plaintiff's failure to exhaust administrative remedies.
Def.'s Mot. Dismiss, Doc. 24. On November 5, 2010, Plaintiff filed his
opposition to Defendant's motion. Pl.'s Opp'n, Doc. 27. Defendant
filed a reply on November 29, 2010. Doc. 29.
The Court notes deficiencies in both parties' filings. Regarding Defendant Igbinosa's motion, Defendant submits Exhibit A, which purports to be a copy of Plaintiff's inmate grievance. Defendant's counsel submits a declaration from counsel attempting to authenticate this document. Pursuant to Federal Rule of Evidence 901, authentication can be accomplished by testimony of a witness with knowledge. However, Defendant's counsel does not demonstrate what knowledge Defendant's counsel has to testify that the exhibit is what it is claimed to be. Defendant's counsel does not work at the prison and does not typically deal with inmate grievances. Thus, the exhibit is not properly authenticated. The Court will provide Defendant with an opportunity to authenticate. Failure to authenticate in a timely manner will result in the Court striking such evidence.
Regarding Plaintiff's opposition, it is unsigned. Unsigned filings cannot be considered by this Court and are stricken. Fed. R. Civ. P. 11(a). Plaintiff will be provided an opportunity to submit a signed opposition. Failure to submit a proper, signed opposition will result in Plaintiff's waiver of opportunity to file opposition. *fn2
Based on the foregoing, it is HEREBY ORDERED that:
1. Plaintiff's opposition, filed November 5, 2010, is STRICKEN as unsigned;
2. Plaintiff is granted thirty (30) days from the date of service of this order in which to file a signed opposition. Failure to timely file will result in Plaintiff's waiver of opportunity to file opposition;
3. Defendant is granted ten (10) days after Plaintiff timely serves his opposition in which to file his reply; and
4. Defendant is granted thirty (30) days from the date of service of this order in which to file documents to properly authenticate Exhibit A to Defendant's motion to dismiss. Failure to timely file will result in Defendant's waiver of opportunity to authenticate.
IT IS SO ORDERED.