Scott Shine v. Tyler Banister
UNPUBLISHED OPINION FILED. [11-41071 Affirmed ] Judge: PEH , Judge: WED , Judge: JWE Mandate pull date is 02/23/2012 [11-41071]
Date Filed: 02/02/2012
IN THE UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS
United States Court of Appeals
FOR THE FIFTH CIRCUIT
February 2, 2012
Lyle W. Cayce
Appeal from the United States District Court
for the Eastern District of Texas
Division No. 5:10-CV-128
Before HIGGINBOTHAM, DAVIS, and ELROD, Circuit Judges.
Plaintiff Scott Shine appeals the dismissal of his claims under 42 U.S.C.
§ 1983 for wrongful arrest against defendant Chris Mars. The dismissal followed
the district court’s decision that defendant Mars was entitled to qualified
immunity on a motion for summary judgment. We affirm.
Plaintiff Shine was arrested for selling drugs on two dates, September 4,
2008 and October 28, 2008. The defendant, a Franklin County deputy, made the
Pursuant to 5TH CIR. R. 47.5, the court has determined that this opinion should not
be published and is not precedent except under the limited circumstances set forth in 5TH CIR.
Date Filed: 02/02/2012
arrest of plaintiff after obtaining a warrant from a judicial officer and after
plaintiff was indicted by a grand jury. These findings of probable cause insulate
Mars from any claim for false arrest, unless he made false statement in his
affidavit which was used to obtain the warrant. Taylor v. Greggs, 36 F.3d 453,
456-57 (5th Cir. 1994). The district court properly found that Shine failed to
identify any falsehood in Deputy Mars’ Affidavit. Neither did he identify any
false information that was presented to the grand jury. Plaintiff’s claim that he
was out of town on the days on which the alleged drug transactions took place
does not alter this analysis as Shine has not shown that Mars was aware of his
whereabouts at the relevant time.
Accordingly, the district court did not err in granting Mars’ Motion for
Summary Judgment in the issue of qualified immunity.
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