Marland et al v. Asplundh Tree Expert
MEMORANDUM DECISION granting 138 Motion in Limine Signed by Judge Ted Stewart on 1/27/17. (jlw)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF UTAH
SCOTT K. MARLAND and JENNIFER D.
MARLAND, as conservators for the minor
MEMORANDUM DECISION AND
ORDER GRANTING PLAINTIFFS’
MOTION IN LIMINE NO. 9 TO
EXCLUDE PHOTOS OF BOUNTIFUL
CITY POWER’S BUILDING
Case No. 1:14-CV-40 TS
ASPLUNDH TREE EXPERT CO., a
District Judge Ted Stewart
This matter is before the Court on Plaintiffs’ Motion in Limine No. 9 to Exclude Photos
of Bountiful City Power’s Building. For the reasons discussed below, the Court will grant the
Defendant has identified photographs of the Bountiful City Light & Power (“BCLP”)
building as potential demonstrative exhibits. Defendant states that it intends to use these photos
to show the jury “what the BCLP building looks like.” 1 Defendant further states that its tree
trimming crew turned in its time cards to Brent Thomas, Superintendent of Operations for BCLP,
at this building. Thus, Defendant argues that “[t]hese photos give the jurors a visual aid for the
building that is being discussed in that testimony.” 2
Federal Rule of Evidence 401 states that evidence is relevant if: “(a) it has any tendency
to make a fact more or less probable than it would be without the evidence; and (b) the fact is of
Docket No. 150, at 2.
consequence in determining the action.” Neither the appearance of the BCLP building nor the
location that Defendant’s tree trimming crews turned in their time cards are facts of consequence
in this case. While the bar for relevance is admittedly low, Defendants have failed to come close
to meeting it with respect to these pictures. Even if the pictures had some probative value, that
limited probative value is substantially outweighed by the danger of wasting time. 3 This will be
a lengthy and complex trial. The Court will not allow either party to waste the jury’s time
presenting unnecessary evidence.
It is therefore
ORDERED that Plaintiffs’ Motion in Limine No. 9 to Exclude Photos of Bountiful City
Power’s Building (Docket No. 138) is GRANTED.
DATED this 27th day of January, 2017.
BY THE COURT:
United States District Judge
See Fed. R. Evid. 403.
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