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Porter v. Wegman

United States District Court, E.D. California

May 26, 2017

BRIAN ELLIS PORTER, Plaintiff,
v.
CHERYLEE WEGMAN, Defendant.

          ORDER GRANTING PLAINTIFF'S MOTION FOR EXTENSION OF TIME TO FILE NAME(S) AND LOCATIONS OF UNINCARCERATED WITNESSES AND PRETRIAL STATEMENT (ECF NO. 153) ORDER SETTING TELEPHONIC STATUS CONFERENCE

          Barbara A. McAuliffe UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE.

         Plaintiff Brian Ellis Porter (“Plaintiff”) is a state prisoner proceeding pro se and in forma pauperis in this action under 42 U.S.C. § 1983. This action proceeds on Plaintiff's claims against Defendant Wegman for violation of the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment. In particular, this action proceeds on Plaintiff's claim that Defendant Wegman violated his right to free exercise of his religion by switching him from a kosher diet to a vegetarian diet and denying his requested dietary accommodations during multi-day Passover observances.

         On May 15, 2017, Plaintiff filed the instant motion for extension of time to file the name(s) and location of unincarcerated witnesses and his pretrial statement. (ECF No. 153.)

         Pursuant to the Court's April 17, 2017 Amended Scheduling Order, the current deadlines are as follows:

1. Plaintiff's pretrial statement is due on or before May 23, 2017;
2. Defendant's pretrial statement is due on or before June 6, 2017;
3. Plaintiff's motion for attendance of unincarcerated witnesses is due on or before May 23, 2017;
4. Plaintiff's motion for attendance of incarcerated witnesses is due on or before May 23, 2017;
5. Any opposition to the motion for the attendance of incarcerated witness is due on or before June 6, 2017;
6. Plaintiff must notify the Court of the names and locations of any unincarcerated witnesses who refuse to testify voluntarily on or before May 9, 2017; and
7. Plaintiff must submit money orders to the Court to secure the attendance of unincarcerated witnesses who refuse to testify on or before June 20, 2017.

(ECF No. 152, pp. 5-6.)

         In his motion for extension of time, Plaintiff states that he has not had library access since late January or early February, and therefore has been unable to obtain copies, conduct research, or gather information needed to file his list of unincarcerated witnesses or his pretrial statement. Plaintiff has been unable to access the library due to a combination of library renovations, lack of Priority Legal User status, and multiple facility lockdowns of extended duration. In addition, Plaintiff states that on April 11, 2017, much of his legal property relating to this case was removed from his cell, and he has received no response to his April 13, 2017 request to access his property. (Id.)

         Defendant has not yet filed a response to Plaintiff's motion. Though the time to file an opposition has not yet passed, in light of Plaintiff's difficulties complying with the Court's deadlines, the Court finds good cause ...


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