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Federal decide dismisses requests for extra consideration from Little Rock Police Chief’s attorney – Arkansas On-line

A federal judge dismissed motions from Michael Laux, attorney for Little Rock Police Chief Keith Humphrey, asking for additional scrutiny and more time to respond to a pending sanctions motion after Humphrey’s counterclaim against his opponents was dismissed on Sept. 15.

In a motion filed Monday, Humphrey’s attorney admitted that “pursuing this complex matter has been rocky at times, but [Humphrey]The case has been brought up in good faith and his allegations, while they may seem inventive or novel, are certainly well founded by law. “

In his September 15 ruling, U.S. District Judge James M. Moody Jr. wrote that a motion for free retaliation filed by Humphrey was not applicable because the statements at issue were made as part of his official duties during his tenure – namely, the Police chief in Norman, Okla.

And claims of civil rights conspiracy against the police chief were unsupported because Humphrey had no underlying constitutional violations, Moody ruled. He declined to rule on constitutional lawsuits for abuse of procedure and defamation.

On Friday, Laux filed a motion for Moody’s to review the dismissal.

Laux wrote that the court was “wrong” with the September 15 ruling by accepting an “unsupported argument regarding a dispositive matter” made by lawyers for a local police union, the Little Rock Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge No. 17, was put forward.

In a letter in support of his motion, Laux wrote that the court accepted the union’s unsupported argument that a particular speech by Humphrey was not being given as a private citizen, but rather when he was actually the head of the public in Norman.

The judge denied the request for re-examination on Monday.

An affidavit signed by Humphrey was attached to Laux’s motion on Monday requesting permission to file the sanctions statement.

In it, Humphrey said his last day of work for Norman would be April 3, 2019. A farewell speech Humphrey gave to a group of people discussing issues that make up his police philosophy was delivered on April 5, he wrote.

In an order signed Tuesday, Moody denied Laux’s request for permission to issue a statement against the pending motion for sanctions against the boss and Laux filed on Aug. 26 by lawyers for the police union.

Moody wrote that on the day a response was originally due, Humphrey’s attorney filed a request for more time and received an extension to September 23.

Another request for more time to respond came on Sept. 23, Moody wrote, after the judge granted motions to dismiss the case. The second application was denied on Monday.

“Now, too late, and for the third time, the plaintiff is requesting again to extend his deadline for responding to the sanction motion because he has a ‘deserving response,'” Moody wrote. “Deserved or not, the plaintiff has shown no valid reason why he could not have responded in time.”

Humphrey’s lawsuit was originally filed in September 2020.

Lawsuits followed against the chief of a number of police officers alleging retaliatory actions followed the 2019 investigation into the fatal shooting of Bradley Blackshire by then-officer Charles Starks.

Laux did not respond to a request for comment via email on Wednesday.

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