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Hanna v. Ishee

June 5, 2006

JAMES HANNA, PETITIONER,
v.
TODD ISHEE, WARDEN, RESPONDENT.



The opinion of the court was delivered by: Magistrate Judge Michael R. Merz

District Judge Thomas M. Rose

DECISION AND ORDER GRANTING IN PART AND DENYING IN PART PETITIONER'S MOTION FOR ADDITIONAL DISCOVERY AND RENEWED MOTION FOR PROSECUTOR'S FILE

This capital habeas corpus case is before the Court on Petitioner's Motion for Additional Discovery and Renewed (Doc. No. 69) which Respondent opposes (Doc. No. 71). Petitioner seeks to depose Investigator Scott Male of the Warren County Prosecutor's Office to access the Warren County Prosecutor's complete file regarding the State of Ohio versus James Hanna, and to conduct a records deposition related to that file.

While the Court is inclined to agree with Respondent's counsel's analysis, to wit, that Petitioner has not yet demonstrated that it is likely that the additional discovery will disclose relevant evidence on Petitioner's Brady claim, the Court concludes it creates no substantial harm to Respondent to "close the loop" on this issue by allowing the discovery requested.

Accordingly, Petitioner's Motion is granted as follows:

1. Petitioner may take the deposition of Scott Male.

2. Petitioner may issue a subpoena duces tecum for the Warren County Prosecutor's file with respect to this case, as part of a subpoena for the records custodian of that file. Although the parties have not discussed the question, it would seem likely that the Warren County Prosecutor would raise work product questions regarding that production. Those issues will be litigated when and if they are raised.

3. The discovery permitted by this Order shall be completed not later than July 31, 2006.

Michael R. Merz Chief United States Magistrate Judge

20060605

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