Richardson v. Mahon et al
ORDER granting 61 Motion to Strike. Signed by Magistrate Judge Thomas E Rogers, III on 01/31/2017.(dsto, )
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
DISTRICT OF SOUTH CAROLINA
CURTIS DALE RICHARDSON,
MATT MAHON, Loris S.C. Policeman;
KAREN SHEPARD, Chief of Police of
Loris, S.C.; and JEFF GORE ,
Civil Action No.: 4:15-cv-3317-RBH-TER
Plaintiff, who is proceeding pro se, brings this action under 42 U.S.C. § 1983, alleging
various violations of his constitutional rights. Presently before the court is Defendants’ Motion to
Strike (Document # 61) a portion of Plaintiff’s affidavit submitted Plaintiff’s response to the Motion
for Summary Judgment. All pretrial proceedings in this case were referred to the undersigned
pursuant to the provisions of 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1)(A) and (B) and Local Rule 73.02(B)(2)(d), DSC.
In Plaintiff’s affidavit (Ex. G to Pl. Resp. (Document 60-1, pp. 10-11)), he states that he
spoke to three law enforcement officers, who each told him that Officer Mahon should have had
either a police vehicle camera, or a body camera, or both, recording the events leading up to and
during his arrest on May 2, 2015.
Under Rule 56(e), Fed.R.Civ.P., affidavits submitted in support of a party’s position “shall
be made on personal knowledge, shall set forth such facts as would be admissible in evidence, and
shall show affirmatively that the affiant is competent to testify to the matters stated therein.”
Defendants Sgt. Richardson, Major Johnson, and SCDC Classification Supervisor (name
unknown) have been dismissed from this action. See Order (Document # 34).
“Generally, an affidavit filed in opposition to a motion for summary judgment must present evidence
in substantially the same form as if the affiant were testifying in court.” Evans v. Technologies
Applications & Service Co., 80 F.3d 954, 962 (4th Cir. 1996). As such, summary judgment affidavits
must be based on personal knowledge, cannot be conclusory, and cannot be based upon hearsay.
Rohrbough v. Wyeth Labs., Inc., , 916 F.2d 970, 975 (4th Cir. 1990); Maryland Highways
Contractors Ass'n v. Maryland, 933 F.2d 1246, 1252 (4th Cir. 1991).
Hearsay is a statement, other than one made by the declarant while testifying at the trial or
hearing, offered in evidence to prove the truth of the matter asserted. Fed.R.Evid. 801(c). Plaintiff’s
affidavit contains inadmissible hearsay in that he presents only what three law enforcement officers
have allegedly told him. Therefore, his affidavit is improper.
For this reason, Defendants’ Motion to Strike (Document # 61) is GRANTED.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
s/Thomas E. Rogers, III
Thomas E. Rogers, III
United States Magistrate Judge
January 31, 2017
Florence, South Carolina
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