IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
January 31, 2012
JEFFREY BRYAN NORSWORTHY,
Plaintiff, a prisoner proceeding pro se, and in forma pauperis, brings this civil rights action pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983. The matter was referred to a United States Magistrate Judge pursuant to Eastern District of California local rules.
On July 6, 2011, the Magistrate Judge filed findings and recommendations herein which were served on the parties and which contained notice that the parties may file objections within a specified time. Petitioner timely objected to the findings and recommendations.
In accordance with the provisions of 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1)(C) and Local Rule 304(f), this court has conducted a de novo review of this case. Having carefully reviewed the entire file, the court declines to adopt the findings and recommendations (Dkt. No. 34).
Petitioner, with the assistance of the U.S. Marshals Service, attempted to serve his complaint on "Correctional Officer Rivers," the sole remaining defendant in this Section 1983 case. Service was attempted at the California Department of Corrections, California Medical Facility, P.O. Box 2000, Vacaville, CA 95696-2000. Dkt. No. 30. The attempted service failed because the facility reported that Rivers resigned in December 2009.*fn1 Id.
On April 15, 2011, the Magistrate Judge ordered plaintiff to seek additional information, pursuant to Cal. Govt. Code § 6250, et seq., or otherwise, sufficient to effect service on defendant Rivers, and to seek judicial intervention in the event "access to the required information is denied or unreasonably delayed." Dkt. No. 31. Petitioner has now filed a motion for judicial intervention, asserting that the law librarian was denying him access to the law library.*fn2 Dkt. No. 33. That motion is GRANTED.
Accordingly, pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 31(a)(1) and the court's inherent powers, the court orders the California Department of Corrections ("CDC") to file in this case its answers or response to the following questions within thirty (30) days of the date of this order:
1. What is the first name of Correctional Officer Rivers, a female person, who resigned (or was transferred) from CDC and/or from the California Medical Facility on or about December 2009?
2. What is the current work location of Correctional Officer Rivers, or her last known location if the current one is unknown?
This order shall be served upon the California Attorney General as counsel for the California Department of Corrections (see Cal. Govt. Code § 12512). If the CDC cannot or will not answer these questions, it shall file a statement in this case explaining the fact.
All other pending motions are held in abeyance, pending resolution of the service issue.*fn3 IT IS SO ORDERED.