IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
January 9, 2013
SAMUEL ANDERSON, PLAINTIFF,
MATTHEW TATE, ET AL., DEFENDANTS.
The opinion of the court was delivered by: Kendall J. Newman United States Magistrate Judge
Plaintiff is a state prisoner proceeding through counsel. On October 15, 2012, plaintiff filed a motion to discharge counsel. Plaintiff disagrees with counsel's proposed course of action herein. However, in his motion, plaintiff states that "if the present motions were denied, then and only then should a new course of action be taken." (Dkt. No. 92 at 2.) The district court has since dismissed plaintiff's claims against defendants Gower, Terry, Davis, Stati, Lopez, Tate, and Wagner, and denied plaintiff's motion for injunctive relief. (Dkt. Nos. 96, 97.) Moreover, at the time plaintiff filed the instant complaint, plaintiff was housed at High Desert State Prison ("HDSP"), and his allegations pertain to his medical treatment at HDSP. Plaintiff's recent pro se filing reflects that plaintiff has since been transferred to the California State Prison in Los Angeles County ("CSP-LAC"); thus, plaintiff's current pain complaints will be addressed by medical personnel at CSP-LAC who are not named defendants in this action. As a general rule this court is unable to issue an order against individuals who are not parties to a suit pending before it. Zenith Radio Corp. v. Hazeltine Research, Inc., 395 U.S. 100 (1969).
For all of these reasons, plaintiff's motion to discharge appointed counsel is denied.
Accordingly, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that:
1. Plaintiff's October 15, 2012 motion (dkt. no. 92) is denied without prejudice; and
2. The Clerk of the Court shall serve a copy of this order on plaintiff Samuel Anderson, V-84409, California State Prison, Los Angeles County, P.O. Box 8457, Lancaster, California 93539-8457.
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