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Hoang Minh Tran v. William D. Gore

March 8, 2013

HOANG MINH TRAN
PLAINTIFF,
v.
WILLIAM D. GORE, ET AL.
DEFENDANTS.



The opinion of the court was delivered by: Barbara L. Major United States Magistrate Judge

ORDER DENYING (1) PLAINTIFF'S MOTION FOR REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION UNDER THE ADA, (2) PLAINTIFF'S REQUEST FOR A COMPETENCY HEARING, AND (3) ALLAN TRACY GILMORE'S MOTION FOR APPOINTMENT OF ) NEXT FRIEND OR COUNSEL ) [ECF Nos. 36, 38 & 51]

Currently before the Court is Plaintiff's November 8, 2012 "Motion For Entitlement of Americans Disability Act (ADA) Reasonable Accommodation Under Rehabilitation Act Title II Required Appointment Of Counsel" [ECF. No. 36], November 13, 2012 Motion For A Competency Hearing [ECF. No. 38], Defendants' Opposition to Plaintiff's Request for Competency Hearing [ECF No. 52], and Mr. Allan Tracy Gilmore's January 14, 2013 "Ex Parte Motion and Request for Court to Appoint Next Friend or Appoint Counsel to Litigate on Behalf of Hoang Minh Tran Due to Incompetence" [ECF No. 51].

Having considered all of the briefing and supporting documents presented, and for the reasons set forth below, the motions [ECF Nos. 36, 38 & 51] are DENIED.

BACKGROUND

Plaintiff initiated this action with the filing of his complaint on December 20, 2010. ECF No. 1. On July 25, 2011, Plaintiff filed his First Amended Complaint. ECF No. 7 ("FAC"). In his FAC, Plaintiff alleges that his civil rights were violated and he was denied equal protection, freedom of speech, due process, adequate medical care, and freedom from cruel and unusual punishment while he was detained in the George F. Bailey Detention Facility on August 1st, 6th, and 12th 2009. Id. at 1-4. Specifically, Plaintiff alleges that he was denied a welfare package containing various personal hygiene products and forced into solitary confinement without any type of hearing. Id. at 2-3. Plaintiff further contends that he was improperly denied medication for hemorrhoids in retaliation for his alleged role in the high profile escape of another inmate from the detention facility. Id. at 4-5. Finally, Plaintiff alleges that certain Defendants illegally confiscated his bible, violating his right to freedom of religion. Id. at 6.

Plaintiff filed a motion for appointment of counsel on December 20, 2010. ECF No. 3. That motion was denied on May 23, 2011 in an order finding that "neither the interests of justice nor exceptional circumstances" warranted the appointment of counsel. ECF No. 4.

On February 21, 2012, Defendant John Gill, M.D., filed a motion to dismiss Plaintiff's FAC pursuant to Rule 12(b)(6) for failure to state a claim.*fn1 ECF No. 19. On May 31, 2012, Defendants Sarandi Marina, Lizzie Womack, and Brandt O. Pile filed answers to the FAC. ECF Nos. 21 and 22.

On August 27, 2012, Plaintiff filed another motion for appointment of counsel after being released from incarceration. ECF No. 25. That motion was denied on October 24, 2012 because Plaintiff again failed to establish "the extraordinary circumstances necessary to justify a pro bono appointment." ECF No. 30 at 3.

On October 11, 2012, Defendants Sarandi Marina, Lizzie Womack, and Brandt O. Pile filed a Motion to Compel Plaintiff to Respond to Discovery and the Court issued a briefing schedule that same day. ECF Nos. 26 & 27. The motion was granted in part and denied in part by the Court on November 7, 2012. ECF No. 34. In the order, Plaintiff was not sanctioned, but was ordered to respond to Defendants' written discovery by November 30, 2012. Id. at 4.

On October 19, 2012, the Court held a Mandatory Settlement Conference and Plaintiff failed to appear. ECF No. 29. On that same day, the Court issued an Order to Show Cause why Sanctions Should not be Imposed for Plaintiff's failure to appear and required Plaintiff to file a declaration regarding his failure. Id. Plaintiff filed a Motion for Relief of Sanctions on November 2, 2012 that the Court interpreted as Plaintiff's declaration. ECF No. 33. After reviewing Plaintiff's declaration and speaking with Plaintiff at the hearing, the Court declined to impose sanctions. ECF No. 41.

On November 8, 2012, Plaintiff filed a "Motion For Entitlement of Americans Disability Act (ADA) Reasonable Accommodation Under Rehabilitation Act Title II Required Appointment Of Counsel." ECF No. 36. On November 13, 2012, Plaintiff filed a Motion For A Competency Hearing, and on November 29, 2012, Plaintiff filed a notice of voluntary dismissal. ECF Nos. 38 & 43. All three documents were accepted on discrepancy by District Judge Barry T. Moskowitz and the first two referred to Magistrate Judge Barbara L. Major. ECF. Nos. 35, 37 & 42. To aid in evaluating Plaintiff's motions, the Court issued an order on December 14, 2012 asking Plaintiff to submit "all of his medical records from January 1, 2012 to the present, that support his allegations that he is incompetent" and Defendants to respond. ECF No. 44. Plaintiff timely filed his supporting documents on January 7, 2013 and Defendants filed an opposition to the motion for a competency hearing on January 25, 2013. ECF Nos. 48, 49 & 52.

On January 14, 2013, Mr. Allan Tracy Gilmore filed an "Ex Parte Motion and Request for Court to Appoint Next Friend or Appoint Counsel to Litigate on Behalf of Hoang Minh Tran Due to Incompetence." ECF No. 51.

The Court vacated all dates set forth in the Court's June 1, 2012 Order Regulating Discovery and Other Pretrial Proceedings [ECF No. 23] on February 6, 2012 in response to Defendants' February 1, ...


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