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Raymond D. Jackson v. Steven Fletcher

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


April 23, 2012

RAYMOND D. JACKSON, PLAINTIFF,
v.
STEVEN FLETCHER, ET AL., DEFENDANTS.

The opinion of the court was delivered by: Kendall J. Newman United States Magistrate Judge

ORDER

Plaintiff is a state prisoner, proceeding through counsel, with a civil rights action pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983. On January 3, 2012, the court appointed counsel to represent plaintiff. (Dkt. No. 81.) Prior to counsel's appointment, on December 29, 2012, plaintiff himself filed a motion to amend and a proposed amended complaint. (Dkt. Nos. 78, 79.)

On January 18, 2012, the parties stipulated that plaintiff's motion to amend would be held in abeyance until such time as plaintiff's counsel had the opportunity to review the pleadings to determine whether he would proceed with the motion to amend and proposed amended complaint. (Dkt. No. 83.) Now that counsel has been appointed, if plaintiff intends to proceed on an amended complaint, the proposed amended complaint and motion to amend should be prepared by plaintiff's counsel. For this reason, the motion to amend filed by plaintiff himself on December 29, 2011 is vacated. Plaintiff is granted thirty days to file a proposed amended complaint and motion to amend. If plaintiff intends to proceed on the original complaint, he shall notify the court within thirty days.

Also pending is a motion for summary judgment filed by defendant Pletcher and a motion to dismiss filed by defendant Cate. (Dkt. Nos. 35 and 57.) Because it is not clear whether plaintiff intends to proceed on the original complaint, on which these motions are based, these motions are vacated without prejudice from the court calendar. The court will reinstate these motions and order a briefing schedule if plaintiff informs the court that he intends to proceed on the original complaint.

Prior to counsel's appointment, plaintiff himself filed several motions which are still pending including 1) a motion for an order to videotape plaintiff's surgery (Dkt. No. 46); 2) a motion to fast track this action (Dkt. No. 47); 3) six motions for extensions of time to respond to motions filed by defendants (Dkt. Nos. 59, 64-67, 71); and 4) a motion to compel (Dkt. No.72). Because plaintiff is now represented by counsel, these motions filed by plaintiff himself are vacated.

Accordingly, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that:

1. Plaintiff is granted thirty days to file a motion to amend and proposed amended complaint; if plaintiff intends to proceed on the original complaint, he shall notify the court within that time;

2. Defendant Pletcher's motion for summary judgment (Dkt. No. 35) and defendant Cate's motion to dismiss (Dkt. No. 57) are vacated without prejudice;

3. The following motions filed by plaintiff are vacated: a) motion for an order to videotape his surgery (Dkt. No. 46); b) motion to fast track this action (Dkt. No. 47); c) motions for extension of time (Dkt. Nos. 59, 64-67, 71); d) motion to compel (Dkt. No. 72); and e) motion to amend (Dkt. No. 78).

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