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Walker's Order Compelling Production in Perry v. Schwarzenegger Filed 11-19-09

Walker's Order Compelling Production in Perry v. Schwarzenegger Filed 11-19-09

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Published by: Michael Ginsborg on Nov 20, 2009
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IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURTFOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA KRISTIN M PERRY, SANDRA B STIER,PAUL T KATAMI and JEFFREY JZARRILLO,Plaintiffs,CITY AND COUNTY OF SAN FRANCISCO,Plaintiff-Intervenor,v ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER, in hisofficial capacity as governor ofCalifornia; EDMUND G BROWN JR, inhis official capacity as attorneygeneral of California; MARK BHORTON, in his official capacityas director of the CaliforniaDepartment of Public Health andstate registrar of vitalstatistics; LINETTE SCOTT, in herofficial capacity as deputydirector of health information &strategic planning for theCalifornia Department of PublicHealth; PATRICK O’CONNELL, in hisofficial capacity as clerk-recorder of the County of Alameda; and DEAN C LOGAN, in hisofficial capacity as registrar-recorder/county clerk for theCounty of Los Angeles,Defendants,DENNIS HOLLINGSWORTH, GAIL JKNIGHT, MARTIN F GUTIERREZ,HAKSHING WILLIAM TAM, MARK A JANSSON and PROTECTMARRIAGE.COM –YES ON 8, A PROJECT OFCALIOFORNIA RENEWAL, as official proponents of Proposition 8,Defendant-Intervenors./ NoC 09-2292 VRWORDER 
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Chief Judge Walker has referred discovery disputes that arisein his absence to the undersigned pursuant to 28 USC § 636(b)(1)(A).
2The court ordered defendant-intervenors (“proponents”) to produce documents responsive to plaintiffs’ eighth document request pursuant to a production schedule to be worked out among the parties. Doc #252 at 9. The parties apparently have not been ableto agree to a production schedule, and plaintiffs have submitted aletter asking the court to “direct immediate production of thosedocuments and categories of documents found to be relevant,responsive and non-privileged.” Doc #256. Proponents oppose anorder directing immediate production. Doc #257.
The court held atelephonic hearing on the issues raised by these two letters on November 19, 2009. The following counsel appeared: Matthew McGillfor plaintiffs, Nicole Jo Moss for proponents, Mollie Lee for plaintiff-intervenors City and County of San Francisco, AndrewStroud for defendants Arnold Schwarzenegger, Mark B Horton andLinette Scott and Tamar Pachter for defendant Edmund G Brown Jr.IOn October 1, 2009, the court denied proponents’ blanketclaim that the qualified First Amendment privilege protects Yes on8 campaign documents against disclosure. Doc #214. Proponentsappealed the order or alternatively sought mandamus relief. Doc#222. Simultaneously, proponents sought a stay of discovery inthis court, which was denied. Doc #237. The Ninth Circuit issuedan order to show cause why proponents’ appeal should not bedismissed for lack of jurisdiction but has otherwise not acted onthe appeal. See Ninth Circuit case no 09-17241 at Doc #8.
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3 After the court denied proponents’ motion for a stay, proponents sought in camera review over a sample of sixty documentsto allow the court to determine whether the First Amendmentqualified privilege might apply to some of the thousands of potentially responsive documents in proponents’ possession. Doc#238. After reviewing the documents in camera, the courtdetermined that the qualified First Amendment privilege offeredlittle, if any, protection against disclosure. Doc #252 (the“November 11 order”) at 2-3. As part of the balancing processrequired in the case of qualified privileges, the court noted that plaintiffs do not oppose redaction of the names of rank-and-filevolunteers and similarly situated individuals. Id at 3. The court previously noted that an appropriate protective order couldeliminate any tangible harm that disclosure of the disputeddocuments might otherwise exacerbate. Doc #214 at 6. The courtdetermined that only twenty-one of the sixty documents provided forreview were responsive to plaintiffs’ eighth document request andexplained its reasoning to assist the parties in determining the potential relevance of the remaining documents not provided forreview. Doc #252 at 3-9. The November 11 order relied on the ablecounsel for the parties to develop an appropriate productionschedule. Id at 9.Proponents now seek to appeal the court’s discoveryorders (Doc ##214, 237, 252) or alternatively seek mandamus relief.Doc #253. The Ninth Circuit has not yet accepted the appeal or mandamus petition or issued a stay. Proponents have asked the Ninth Circuit “to expedite these appeals.” Ninth Circuit case no09-17241 Doc #14 at 25.
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