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Dunsmore v. Burroughs

United States District Court, S.D. Texas, Corpus Christi Division

May 5, 2017

RICHARD A DUNSMORE, Plaintiff,
v.
SCOTT BURROUGHS, et al, Defendants.

          ORDER ON PENDING MOTIONS

          B. JANICE ELLINGTON UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE.

         Plaintiff Richard A. Dunsmore brought this cause of action in state court on June 4, 2015, seeking injunctive and declaratory relief as well as damages from Defendant Scott A. Burroughs, individually and as chief of police of Port Aransas, Texas. Defendant removed the action to federal court on April 25, 2016 (D.E. 1). Plaintiff sought remand of the action to state court, but his motion was denied on July 21, 2016 (D.E. 36). In his amended complaint filed on December 5, 2016, Plaintiff names as defendants the City of Port Aransas, Lieutenant Johnson in his official capacity, [1] and Scott Burroughs in his official capacity. (D.E. 55).

         Pending before the undersigned are: (1) Plaintiff's Motion in Limine (D.E. 72); (2) Plaintiff's Motion that Verification Barred by Heck vs. Humphrey is Being Sought in the Trial Court (D.E. 75); and (3) Defendants' Second Motion for Extension of Time to File Responsive Pleadings and Dispositive Motions, and to Serve Disclosures (D.E 79). For the reasons stated below, Plaintiff's motions are denied and Defendants' motion is granted.

         BACKGROUND

         In an Order entered on February 8, 2017, the undersigned set forth a detailed summary in the background section as to Plaintiff's allegations raised in both his complaint and amended complaint. (D.E. 66). The undersigned further took judicial notice of two 2008 criminal proceedings in Brazoria County, Texas, in which Plaintiff pleaded guilty to convictions for sexual assault and attempted sexual assault. See Dunsmore v. State, Nos. 01-10-00981-CR and 01-10-00982-CR, 2012 WL 1249418 (Tex. App. -Houston [1st Dist.] 2012, pet. Ref'd).[2] The undersigned's summary, as set forth in the background section of the February 8, 2017 Order, is incorporated by reference herein and will not be repeated.

         DISCUSSION

         A. Motion in Limine

         Plaintiff has filed a Motion in Limine seeking a Court order instructing all attorneys, parties, and witnesses not to mention certain matters before the venire panel or jury. (D.E. 72). However, because this case has not been set for trial, Plaintiff's motion is DENIED as premature.

         B. Motion for Verification

         Plaintiff has filed a Motion that Verification Barred by Heck vs. Humphrey is Being Sought in the Trial Court. (D.E. 75). Plaintiff states very clearly that he is not asking this Court to release him from custody or vacate his Brazoria County convictions. Rather than seek any type of relief from this Court in his motion, Plaintiff is merely seeking to verify with the Court that he is currently petitioning the Brazoria County district court to release him from custody. Accordingly, while taking notice of Plaintiff's verification regarding his state court filings, his motion (D.E. 75) is DENIED as unnecessary.

         C. Motion for Extension

         On April 6, 2017, the undersigned granted Plaintiff's first motion to extend deadlines and ordered Defendants to file a responsive pleading and dispositive motions, if any, on or before April 17, 2017. (D.E. 71). This deadline passed without any action on the part of Defendants. On May 4, 2017, Defendants submitted their second motion to extend these deadlines, seeking until May 11, 2017 to file a responsive pleading and to serve initial disclosures.

         Defendants also seek to file dispositive motions within a week of the Nueces County District Attorney's Office reviewing materials in the possession of the Port Aransas Police Department. Defendants ask for this additional time in order to allow the Nueces County District Attorney's office time to properly review these materials and to make a decision about whether to move forward with any prosecution of Plaintiff in Nueces County. Defendants, however, have not provided a timetable as to when the District Attorney plans to review the materials and make any decisions as to ...


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