Kobel (ID 103958) v. Dunkle et al
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER ENTERED: Defendants' Motion to Strike Plaintiff's Response to Defendants' Claim/Defense of Qualified Immunity 38 is granted. Signed by District Judge Carlos Murguia on 10/12/17. Mailed to pro se party Scott Harris Kobel by regular mail. (smnd)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF KANSAS
SCOTT HARRIS KOBEL,
Case No. 16-3227
SERGEANT DON DUNKLE,
DOUGLAS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE,
DOUGLAS COUNTY JAIL, et al.,
MEMORANDUM & ORDER
This matter comes before the court upon defendants’ Motion to Strike Plaintiff’s Response to
Defendants’ Claim/Defense of Qualified Immunity (Doc. 38).
incarcerated and appearing pro se, did not respond.
Plaintiff Scott Harris Kobel,
The court therefore treats the motion as
Defendants argue that plaintiff’s Response (Doc. 37) should be stricken as untimely and
because it is not permitted or contemplated by the Federal Rules. The court agrees. Defendants filed
their motion for summary judgment on July 3, 2017, plaintiff filed an untimely response on August 2,
2017, and defendants replied on August 16, 2017. Plaintiff then filed a second response on September
Where a plaintiff proceeds pro se, the court construes his filings liberally and holds them to less
stringent standards than pleadings filed by lawyers. Barnett v. Corr. Corp of Am., 441 F. App’x 600,
601 (10th Cir. 2011). Pro se plaintiffs are nevertheless required to follow the Federal and Local Rules
of practice and the court does not assume the role of advocating for plaintiff. United States v. Porath,
553 F. App’x 802, 803 (10th Cir. 2014).
The Local Rules provide that “[w]ithin the time provided in D. Kan. Rule 6.1(d), a party
opposing a motion must file a responsive brief or memorandum. The moving party may file and serve
a written reply brief or memorandum.” D. Kan. Rule 7.1(c). The rules do not contemplate any
additional briefing, especially without leave of court.
Plaintiff’s second response, filed after
defendant’s reply, is therefore not contemplated by the rules.
The second response is also untimely. It was filed 28 days after defendants’ reply. Local Rule
6.1(d)(2) provides that “[r]esponses to motions to dismiss, motions for summary judgment, motions to
remand, or motions for judgment on the pleadings must be filed and served within 21 days. Replies
must be filed and served within 14 days of the service of the response.” Even if plaintiff had sought
and been granted leave to file supplemental briefing, such briefing likely would have been due within
The court finds that plaintiff’s second response (Doc. 37) should be stricken as untimely and
uncontemplated by the Federal and Local Rules, especially absent a response to this motion from
IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED that defendants’ Motion to Strike Plaintiff’s Response to
Defendants’ Claim/Defense of Qualified Immunity (Doc. 38) is granted.
Dated October 12, 2017, at Kansas City, Kansas.
s/ Carlos Murguia
United States District Judge
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