Escobar v. Brewer et al

Filing 56

MOTION to Dismiss Party Janice K. Brewer in her individual capacity by Jan Brewer. (Bouma, John)

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 LAW OFFICES One Arizona Center, 400 E. Van Buren Phoenix, Arizona 85004-2202 (602) 382-6000 John J. Bouma (#001358) Robert A. Henry (#015104) Joseph G. Adams (#018210) SNELL & WILMER L.L.P. One Arizona Center 400 E. Van Buren Phoenix, AZ 85004-2202 Phone: (602) 382-6000 Fax: (602) 382-6070 jbouma@swlaw.com Joseph A. Kanefield (#015838) Office of Governor Janice K. Brewer 1700 W. Washington, 9th Floor Phoenix, AZ 85007 Telephone: (602) 542-1586 Fax: (602) 542-7602 jkanefield@az.gov Attorneys for Defendant Janice K. Brewer, Governor of the State of Arizona IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF ARIZONA Martin H. Escobar, Plaintiff, v. Jan Brewer, Governor of the State of Arizona, in her Official and Individual Capacity; the City of Tucson, a municipal corporation, Defendants. The City of Tucson, Cross-plaintiff, v. The State of Arizona, a body politic; and Jan Brewer, in her capacity as Governor of the State of Arizona, Cross-defendants. Case No. CV10-00249-TUC-DCB DEFENDANT JANICE K. BREWER'S MOTION TO DISMISS (All Claims in Her Individual Capacity) (Oral Argument Requested) 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 Snell & Wilmer L.L.P. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 LAW OFFICES One Arizona Center, 400 E. Van Buren Phoenix, Arizona 85004-2202 (602) 382-6000 Pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 12(b)(6), defendant Janice K. Brewer moves to dismiss all claims plaintiff has asserted against her in her individual capacity. In the First Amended Complaint, plaintiff has sued Ms. Brewer both individually and in her capacity as Governor of Arizona. While Ms. Brewer is a proper defendant in her official capacity as Governor, she should be dismissed as a defendant in her individual capacity because plaintiff's allegations relate only to the Governor acting in her official capacity pursuant to Arizona law. See First Am. Compl. 11-19. Plaintiff has not alleged that Ms. Brewer has or will directly participate in any of the alleged constitutional violations, nor has plaintiff alleged any connection between Ms. Brewer's actions outside of her official role as Governor and the issues set forth in the First Amended Complaint. Even if plaintiff had alleged a basis to assert his claims against Ms. Brewer in her individual capacity, Ms. Brewer is entitled to immunity as to plaintiff's claims. See Pearson v. Callahan, 129 S. Ct. 808, 816, 818 (2009) (qualified immunity is proper in a Section 1983 case if "the facts that a plaintiff has alleged or shown [do not] make out a violation of a constitutional right" or if "the right at issue was [not] `clearly established' at the time of defendant's alleged misconduct") (internal citations omitted). For these reasons, Ms. Brewer respectfully moves the Court to dismiss all claims asserted against her in her individual capacity. 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 Snell & Wilmer L.L.P. -1- 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 LAW OFFICES One Arizona Center, 400 E. Van Buren Phoenix, Arizona 85004-2202 (602) 382-6000 Respectfully submitted this 23rd day of June, 2010. SNELL & WILMER L.L.P. By s/John J. Bouma John J. Bouma Robert A. Henry Joseph G. Adams One Arizona Center 400 E. Van Buren Phoenix, AZ 85004-2202 and By s/Joseph A. Kanefield with permission Joseph A. Kanefield Office of Governor Janice K. Brewer 1700 W. Washington, 9th Floor Phoenix, AZ 85007 Attorneys for Defendant Janice K. Brewer, Governor of the State of Arizona 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 Snell & Wilmer L.L.P. -2- 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 LAW OFFICES One Arizona Center, 400 E. Van Buren Phoenix, Arizona 85004-2202 (602) 382-6000 CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE I hereby certify that on June 23, 2010, I electronically transmitted the attached document to the Clerk's Office using the CM/ECF System for filing and transmittal of a Notice of Electronic Filing to the CM/ECF registrants on record: s/John J. Bouma 11663896 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 -3- Snell & Wilmer L.L.P.

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