United States District Court, D. Idaho
OMAR CASTILLON, DUSTY KNIGHT, JUSTIN KEITH PETERSON, LEON RUSSELL, CHRISTOPHER S. JORDAN, JACOB JUDD, MICHAEL FORD-BRIDGES, and RAYMOND BRYANT, Plaintiffs,
CORRECTIONS CORPORATION OF AMERICA, INC., Defendant.
MEMORANDUM DECISION AND ORDER
EDWARD J. LODGE, District Judge.
This civil rights action was filed by a group of prisoners against Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), the company operating the Idaho Correctional Center (ICC), the private prison where the Plaintiffs were confined when they were attacked and injured by another group of prisoners. Plaintiffs contend that Defendant has violated their right to be free from cruel and unusual punishment.
After discovery disputes arose earlier in this case, the Court determined that counsel for all parties had "refused to interact with each other reasonably and civilly. Many of the motions and briefs filed by both parties are full of hyperbole and contain unfounded accusations against opposing counsel." (Order of Referral, Dkt. 80, at 1.) The Court therefore referred this case to the Honorable Mikel H. Williams for a discovery mediation, which fortunately was somewhat successful. The parties came to agreement on many of their disputes and filed a Stipulation, approved by the Court on November 15, 2013, as to certain discovery issues.
Alas, this spirit of cooperation unfortunately (though perhaps unsurprisingly) did not last. Only slightly over one month after the Court approved the Stipulation, Plaintiffs filed a Motion to Compel, seeking information purportedly covered by two of Plaintiffs' Requests for Production. (Dkt. 96.) Therefore, the Court is required, once again, to wade into the sandbox because the lines of communication between the parties' respective sand castles have broken down. Other motions are also pending.
Having fully reviewed the record, the Court finds that the facts and legal arguments are adequately presented in the briefs and record and that the decisional process would not be significantly aided by oral argument. Accordingly, the Court will decide this matter on the record without oral argument. D. Idaho L. R. 7.1. For the reasons that follow, Plaintiffs' Motion to Compel will be denied. Further, the Court will set an amended pleadings deadline of February 28, 2014, and will grant Defendant's Motion to Seal.
PLAINTIFFS' MOTION TO COMPEL
1. Overview of Plaintiffs' Requests for Production
Plaintiffs seek specific information they claim is covered by Requests for Production Nos. 10 and 12. (Dkt. 96 at 2.) Request for Production No. 10 reads as follows:
Please produce all documents and communications including copies of the unit log books, shift logs, and other activity logs for all staff and contractors at ICC and containing at least the identity of the staff member, the sign in and sign out times for the staff member, and the duty assignment for the time period commencing January 1, 2009 and continuing through May 14, 2012.
(Dkt. 96-3 at 1-2.)
Request for Production No. 12 provides:
Please produce all documents and communications including all records containing the terms of compensation and bonuses for any CCA employee with any supervisory authority who was employed by CCA to work at ICC for any period of time that includes the time period commencing January 1, 2009 and continuing through December 31, 2012.
(Dkt. 96-3 at 2.)
2. The Parties' ...