Jose Huizar Wants To Stay Proceedings In The Pauline Medina Suit Against Him — And He Wants To File His Motion To Stay Under Seal Just Like With The Alvarez Case — So Last Week He Asked The Judge To Hear The Motion To File The Motion To Seal Before The Motion To Stay Was Due — Just Like With Alvarez — But This Judge Said No Way, Jose! — Denied His Request For An Early Hearing — Presumably This Means He Will Have To File Motion To Stay Publicly — So We Get To Read It!

Yesterday I reported that Jose Huizar wanted to put Mayra Alvarez’s lawsuit against him on hold until after his pending criminal problems are done. The reason is that he can’t defend himself without revealing secret info about his criminal case. But he claims that he can’t even support his motion to stay the proceedings without revealing secrets, so he asked the Alvarez judge to grant him an expedited hearing to ask to be allowed to file the motion to stay under seal. That judge granted his request and the hearing will be held on May 16.

But obviously he has the exact same problem with Pauline Medina’s case against him. And not surprisingly he’s trying to set up the exact same solution. His motion to stay the proceedings is due on May 24 but he can’t get a hearing on his application to seal the motion until June, leaving him no choice but to file the motion to stay in public, which, he says, will reveal his secrets to the world, not to mention the FBI.

So he asked the (different) judge to grant him an expedited hearing to consider his application to file the motion to stay under seal. He used the exact same reasoning. But this judge said “No way, Jose!” So presumably he will have to file his motion to stay the proceedings on May 24 in public and we’ll all get to read it. Stay tuned! And turn the page for some links and excerpts.

Huizar application to set hearing on motion to seal

Declaration of Carmen Aguado in support

Minute order denying Huizar application

Notice of ruling against Huizar


Defendant Jose Huizar (“Defendant Huizar”), an elected member of the Los Angeles City Council, respectfully submits this ex parte application to specially set the hearing on his anticipated motion to seal, wherein he will request to seal his motion to stay all proceedings in order protect his private information and constitutional rights, to a date before the May 24, 2019 statutory deadline for service of Defendant Huizar’s motion to stay.

Specifically, the U.S. Attorney’s Office and FBI are currently conducting an investigation that includes Defendant Huizar. (Aguado Decl. at 2.) The criminal investigation, as well as this civil litigation, has received a significant amount of media coverage and exposure. {Id. at ^ 2.) Defendant Huizar intends to serve a motion to stay this matter on May 24, 2019, and the hearing on the motion to stay is set for June 20, 2019. {Id. at TJ 3.) However, Defendant Huizar seeks to file the motion to stay under seal in order to protect his privacy and constitutional rights, as well as the integrity of the criminal investigation, which is implicated by virtue of the public nature of court filings in this matter. Additionally, in his anticipated motion to stay, Defendant Huizar intends to rely on information pertaining to the criminal investigation that is not public. {Id. at 4.) The earliest date for a hearing on Defendant Huizar’s anticipated motion to seal is June 20, 2019 -after Defendant Huizar is statutorily required to serve his motion to stay. {Id. at TJ 5.) As such, Defendant Huizar seeks an order to specially set the hearing on his motion to stay to a date before May 24, 2019.

Absent an order specially setting the hearing on Defendant Huizar’s motion to seal to a date before the deadline to serve his motion to seal, Defendant Huizar will be irreparably harmed because he will be unable to protect his privacy and constitutional rights and the integrity of the criminal matter will be impinged. Accordingly, Defendant Huizar respectfully requests this Court grant his application to advance the hearing on the motion to seal.


Image of Mr. Huizar is ©2019 MichaelKohlhaas.Org.

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