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Davis v. Bragg

United States District Court, Eastern District of Michigan, Southern Division

January 30, 2015

LEANDRE DAVIS #697681, Plaintiff,
v.
JOMAINE BRAGG, [1]Defendant,

ARTHUR J. TARNOW, JUDGE

ORDER DENYING PLAINTIFF’S MOTION FOR DISCOVERY (DOC. ENT. 35)

ANTHONY P. PATTI, MAGISTRATE JUDGE

A. Background

LeAndre Davis (#697681) is currently incarcerated at the Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC) Chippewa Correctional Facility (URF) in Michgian’s Upper Peninsula, where he is serving a sentence imposed on December 11, 2009 in Case No. 08-005742-01-FH (Wayne County). See www.michigan.gov/corrections, “Offender Search.” On November 30, 2011, while incarcerated at the MDOC’s Earnest C. Brooks Correctional Facility (LRF), Davis filed the instant prisoner civil rights complaint, pro se, against Officer Braggs, who is described as a Wayne County Jail (WCJ) guard. Doc. Ent. 1. The facts underlying Plaintiff’s complaint concern events which allegedly occurred while Davis was a pretrial detainee at WCJ. See Doc. Ent. 1 at 4-5.[2]

By way of the Court’s October 2, 2014 order, the discovery deadline was extended to October 30, 2014, and the dispositive motion deadline was extended to November 30, 2014. Doc. Ent. 34.

B. Instant Motion

Judge Tarnow referred this case to Magistrate Judge Komives for pretrial matters. DE 18. On January 13, 2015, this case was reassigned from Magistrate Judge Komives to me.

Currently before the Court is Plaintiff’s November 4, 2014 motion for discovery. DE 35. By this motion, Plaintiff seeks:

1. Inmate housing list for both South and North housing blocks in [WCJ] on the floor Defendant Jomaine Bragg was stationed on November 28, 2009.
2. Copy of [WCJ] Mission Statement.
3. A complete copy of Wayne County Internal Affairs Investigation report that was a[c]quired by [defense] counsel when Plaintiff signed Authorization for Release of Information Form was received by [defense] counsel.
4. Full name of all the officers stationed on the floor in [WCJ] that Defendant Jomaine Bragg was stationed on November 28, 2009[.]
5. A copy of [WCJ Operating Procedure] for fights between inmate[]s.
6. A copy of [WCJ Operating Procedure] for inmate [assaulting] an Officer.
7. A copy of Officer’s log[] for the station Defendant Jomaine Bragg was asDated: November 28, 2009[.]

DE 35 at 2.[3]

C. Discussion

Defendant Bragg has not opposed the instant motion. “A respondent opposing a motion must file a response, including a brief and supporting documents then available.” E.D. Mich. LR 7.1(c)(1). “A response to a nondispositive motion must be filed within 14 days after service of the motion.” E.D. Mich. LR 7.1 (e)(2)(B). To date, Defendant Bragg has not filed a response to Plaintiff’s November 4, 2014 motion for discovery (DE 35).

Still, the Court will deny plaintiff’s discovery motion. First, it is questionable whether plaintiff’s November 4, 2014 discovery motion (DE 35) is timely. As mentioned above, the discovery deadline was October 30, 2014, and it is not clear to this Court on which day Plaintiff relinquished his motion for mailing. See Houston v. Lack, 487 U.S. 266, 270-271 (1988).

Second, even if the motion had been timely filed, it does not appear that Plaintiff has complied with the service provisions of Fed.R.Civ.P. 33 (“Interrogatories to Parties”) or Fed.R.Civ.P. 34 (“Producing Documents, Electronically Stored Information, and Tangible Things, or Entering Onto Land, for Inspection and Other Purposes”). In other words, it is not proper, as Plaintiff requests, to ask the Court “for Items to be provided by Defendant[, ]” DE 35 at 1, unless and until Plaintiff can illustrate that he has complied with the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, particularly those governing discovery. See Fed. Rules Civ. P. 26-37.

D. Order

Upon consideration, Plaintiff’s motion for discovery (DE 35) is DENIED.

IT IS SO ORDERED.


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