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Ahkeem Williams v. Kim Pedriero

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA


May 17, 2013

AHKEEM WILLIAMS,
PLAINTIFF,
v.
KIM PEDRIERO, ET AL.,
DEFENDANTS.

The opinion of the court was delivered by: Sheila K. Oberto United States Magistrate Judge

ORDER (1) DISCHARGING ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE AND (2) DIRECTING RE SERVICE BY THE UNITED STATES MARSHALS SERVICE WITHOUT PREPAYMENT OF COSTS (Docs. 25 and 27)

Plaintiff Akheem Williams, a state prisoner proceeding pro se and in forma pauperis, filed this civil rights action pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983 on April 17, 2012. The Court previously found service of the complaint appropriate and on January 2, 2013, the Court issued an order directing the United States Marshal to initiate service of process on eleven defendants. Ten defendants subsequently waived service and filed an answer. However, the Marshal was informed by Kings County that it was unable to locate a Deputy Stephens but Assistant Chief Probation Officer Fred Stephens was deceased. As a result, Plaintiff was ordered to show cause why Deputy Stephens should not be dismissed from the action pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 4(m). Plaintiff filed a response on May 8, 2013, informing the Court that the defendant in question may be Deputy Steps.

Accordingly, the order to show cause is HEREBY DISCHARGED and pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 4(c), it is HEREBY ORDERED that:

1. The Clerk of the Court is directed to forward the following documents to the United States Marshals Service:

(1) One completed and issued summons;

(2) One completed USM-285 form;

(3) One copy of the complaint filed on April 17, 2012, plus an extra copy for the Marshals Service; and

(4) One copy of this order, plus an extra copy for the Marshals Service.

2. Within ten days from the date of this order, the Marshals Service is directed to notify the following defendant of the commencement of this action and to request a waiver of service in accordance with the provisions of Fed. R. Civ. P. 4(d) and 28 U.S.C. § 566(c):

DEPUTY STEPS - previously identified as Deputy Stephens - involved in incident at Kings County Jail on November 4, 2010

3. The Marshals Service shall file the returned waiver of service, or the request for waiver of service if it is returned as undelivered, as soon as it is received.

4. If a waiver of service is not returned by the defendant within sixty days of the date of mailing the request for waiver, the Marshals Service shall:

a. Personally serve process and a copy of this order upon the defendant pursuant to Rule 4 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and 28 U.S.C. § 566(c), and shall command all necessary assistance from the Kings County Jail to execute this order. The Marshals Service shall maintain the confidentiality of all information provided by the Kings County Jail pursuant to this order.

b. Within ten days after personal service is effected, the Marshals Service shall file the return of service for the defendant, along with evidence of any attempts to secure a waiver of service of process and of the costs subsequently incurred in effecting service on said defendant. Said costs shall be enumerated on the USM-285 form and shall include the costs incurred by the Marshals Service for photocopying additional copies of the summons and complaint and for preparing new USM-285 forms, if required. Costs of service will be taxed against the personally served defendant in accordance with the provisions of Fed. R. Civ. P. 4(d)(2).

5. If the defendant waives service, he is required to return the signed waiver to the Marshals Service. The filing of an answer or a responsive motion does not relieve the defendant of this requirement, and the failure to return the signed waivers may subject the defendant to an order to pay the costs of service pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 4(d)(2).

6. In the event that the defendant either waives service or is personally served, the defendant is required to reply to the complaint. 42 U.S.C. § 1997e(g)(2).

IT IS SO ORDERED.

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