Atwood v. Cheney et al
ORDER finding as moot 274 Motion for subpoenas; denying 281 Motion to permit inspection; finding as moot 282 Motion for subpoenas. Signed by District Judge Sharion Aycock on 3/2/2017. (dbm)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF MISSISSIPPI
DAVID GARLAND ATWOOD, II
CIVIL ACTION NO.1:12-CV-168-SA-DAS
Now before the Court is Plaintiff Atwood’s Motion for the Issuance of a Subpoena 
to permit inspection and photography of a non-party’s residence. The Plaintiff also raised a
concern with the Court about the timing of a trial witness subpoena for Mike Chaney.
As to the subpoena to permit inspection, the Plaintiff did not raise this request at the final
pre-trial conference. The Plaintiff now raises this request at the eleventh hour before trial. The
motion is wholly devoid of any reason or rationale regarding the relevance of the requested
inspection and photographs and how they may potentially relate to the remaining substantive
issues of the case. In addition, the owner of the residence is not a party to this action, nor is he
listed as a witness. However, if the appropriate foundation is laid at trial, the Plaintiff will be
permitted to testify in the narrative, and to question other witnesses, as to first-hand knowledge
of the location, the particularities of the place, distances, and view, and be permitted to utilize
sketches or other admitted exhibits to otherwise describe the location subject to crossexamination.
In response to a previous ore tenus motion by the Plaintiff, the Court permitted the
issuance of a trial witness subpoena for Mike Chaney. The Plaintiff has now informed the Court
that he is concerned, given the short length of time before trial, that he will not have adequate
time to serve the subpoena. In order to allow as much time as possible for the appearance of the
witness, the Court is willing to take Chaney’s testimony out-of-time, at any point during trial that
For these reasons, the Plaintiff’s Motion for the Issuance of Subpoena [281 to permit
inspection is DENIED.
All of the issues contained within Plaintiff’s other Motions for Subpoenas [274, 282]
were addressed at the final pre-trial conference, and the relevant subpoenas were issued
rendering these motions MOOT.
Finally, Plaintiff’s ore tenus motion for a trial witness subpoena for Mike Chaney was
GRANTED by a separate text order appearing on the docket in this case.
SO ORDERED on this, the 2nd day of March, 2016.
_/s/ Sharion Aycock
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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