Sharkey v. Humphreys County, Mississippi et al
ORDER denying 61 Motion to Strike re 59 Affidavits. Signed by Magistrate Judge Jane M. Virden on 5/18/20. (bfg)
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IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF MISSISSIPPI
JAMES ARTHUR SHARKEY
CIVIL ACTION NO.: 4:18-CV-00017-JMV
HUMPHREYS COUNTY, MISSISSIPPI et al.
This matter is before the court on the motion of defendants Humphreys County, Sheriff
J.D. Roseman, in his individual and official capacity, and Deputy Sheriff Sean Williams, in his
official capacity (“defendants”) to strike affidavits submitted by the pro se plaintiff in response to
the pending  motion for summary judgment. Doc. #46-47. The court finds that the motion is
not well taken and should be DENIED.
Defendants move to strike lone affidavits filed by the pro se plaintiff at Docket Number
65, pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 12(f), as a futile, immaterial and unauthorized
Rule 12(f) provides, in pertinent part, that “the court may strike from a pleading… any
redundant, immaterial, impertinent, or scandalous matter.” However, it does not provide for the
striking of an affidavit on the merits. Trahan v. Long Beach Mortg. Co., No. 9:05-CV-29, 2005
WL 8160787, at *1 (E.D. Tex. July 14, 2005) (“Rule 12(f) provides for a motion to strike certain
matters from pleadings, but does not make any provision for testing the legal sufficiency of
affidavits by a motion to strike.”) (citations omitted); § 1380 Motion to Strike—In General, 5C
Fed. Prac. & Proc. Civ. § 1380 (3d ed.) (“However, as the cases make clear, it is neither an
authorized nor a proper way… to strike an opponent's affidavits…Rule 12(f) motions only may be
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directed towards pleadings as defined by Rule 7(a); thus motions, affidavits, briefs, and other
documents outside of the pleadings are not subject to Rule 12(f).”).
Further, motions to strike are generally disfavored, and such a motion will typically be
granted only if the subject of the motion to strike prejudices the movant. Morehouse v. Ameriquest
Mortg. Co., No. 9:05-CV-75, 2005 WL 8160875, at *1 (E.D. Tex. July 14, 2005) (“Generally,
motions to strike are viewed with disfavor and infrequently granted. To succeed on a motion to
strike, the movant must show that the allegations being challenged are so unrelated as to be
unworthy of any consideration and that their presence in the pleading throughout the proceeding
will be prejudicial to the moving party…) (citations omitted); § 1382 Motion to Strike—
Redundant, Immaterial, Impertinent, or Scandalous Matter, 5C Fed. Prac. & Proc. Civ. § 1382 (3d
ed.) (“[A] motion to strike frequently has been denied when the court believes that no prejudice
could result from the challenged allegations, even though the offending matter literally is within
one or more of the categories set forth in Rule 12(f).”).
Defendants' motion fails because the affidavits are not a “pleading” as anticipated by the
Rule, and even if the court were inclined to allow the movant to proceed under Rule 12(f),
defendants' motion still fails as the mere existence of the affidavits in the court record does not
prejudice defendants, and the defendants have not otherwise alleged prejudice.
The court sees no reason to, and therefore declines to, exercise its discretion to strike the
SO ORDERED, this 18th day of May, 2020.
Jane M. Virden
U.S. MAGISTRATE JUDGE
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