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Ellis v. Chastain

IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS


February 3, 2009

EDWARD B. ELLIS, PLAINTIFF,
v.
M. CHASTAIN, ET AL., DEFENDANTS.

The opinion of the court was delivered by: Herndon, Chief Judge

ORDER

Now before the Court is a motion to disqualify the appointment of Matthew R. Booker as attorney for Plaintiff, Edward B. Ellis (Doc. 18). Specifically, Booker moves to disqualify himself as counsel as he and his firm currently defends Wexford Health Sources, Inc. and its employees against inmate claims for deliberate indifference to serious needs in violation of their Eighth Amendment rights. Said motion is DENIED. The Court finds that disqualification is not warranted under the circumstances. First, Wexford Health Sources, Inc. is not a defendant in this case. Moreover, Mr. Booker is ethically obligated to represent the individual client in each separate cause of action and his experience makes him well suited to this case. Counsel is directed to fulfill his professional obligation to the plaintiff forthwith.

IT IS SO ORDERED.

David R Herndon Chief Judge United States District Court

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