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Payne v. City of Saint Louis

United States District Court, E.D. Missouri, Eastern Division

May 25, 2018

DESTINY PAYNE, Plaintiff,
v.
CITY OF SAINT LOUIS, MISSOURI, et al., Defendants.

          MEMORANDUM AND ORDER

          AUDREY G. FLEISSIG UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE

         This matter, brought under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 and Missouri common law for false imprisonment, is before the Court on Plaintiff Destiny Payne's motion (ECF No. 48) to compel Defendants to respond to her requests for production. The Court heard oral argument on the motion on May 23, 2018. For the reasons set forth below and more fully discussed at oral argument, the motion will be granted in part and denied in part.

         BACKGROUND

         Plaintiff's claims arise out of her detention at the St. Louis City Medium Security Institution (“MSI”) for 15 days after criminal charges against her were dismissed on May 11, 2017, and out of the alleged unsanitary conditions of her confinement, which lasted for seven months in total (from October 26, 2016 to May 26, 2017). She asserts constitutional claims against various city officials, in their individual capacities, as well as municipal liability claims against the City of St. Louis (the “City”).

         The parties' current discovery dispute is over five requests for production (Requests No. 13-17) to which Defendants have objected. Defendants also objected to a sixth request (Request No. 19-regarding prior complaints about conditions of confinement), but have withdrawn their objection in response to Plaintiff's motion.

Request No. 13: a list of all dismissals of charges filed by the St. Louis Circuit Attorney's Office since 2013, including: the names and contact information of the individuals whose charges were dismissed, the case numbers associated with the dismissals, and the names and contact information of the prosecuting attorneys involved in the cases.
Request No. 14: list of all inmates kept in the St. Louis Medium Security Institution or the St. Louis City Justice Center since 2013 who completed their sentences, had their charges dismissed, or were acquitted of charges, including the names and contact information of inmates, the dates when they first entered the St. Louis Medium Security Institution or the St. Louis City Justice Center, the dates when they were released from the St. Louis Medium Security Institution or the St. Louis City Justice Center, and any dates when they were transferred from one jail to another.
Request No. 15: any communications between the St. Louis City Sheriff's Office and the St. Louis Circuit Attorney's Office regarding delivery or communication of charges being dismissed by the St. Louis Circuit Attorney's Office since 2013.
Request No. 16: any records showing that the St. Louis Circuit Attorney's Office delivered or failed to deliver communications of charges being dismissed to the St. Louis City Sheriff's Office and/or the 22nd Judicial Circuit Court since 2013.
Request No. 17: any records of or communications between the St. Louis City Sheriff's Office, the St. Louis Circuit Attorney's Office, the St. Louis Medium Security Institution, the St. Louis City Justice Center, the St. Louis City Department of Public Safety, the St. Louis City Division of Corrections, the 22nd Judicial Circuit Court, any Defendants, and/or any of their staff regarding the delivery or failure to deliver communications of charges being dismissed and the requisite release of inmates in the custody of the City of St. Louis since 2013.

         Plaintiff argues that the requests are relevant to Defendants' defense that Plaintiff's wrongful incarceration was merely an isolated instance of negligence, and are also relevant to Plaintiff's municipal liability claims, particularly her pattern-and-practice claim. Plaintiff contends that, based on the policies produced by the City, Assistant Circuit Attorneys are directed to email dismissals to a designated email address accessible by the Sheriff's Office, deliver the dismissals by hand to the Sheriff's Office, and write a note to the file. Plaintiff argues that the relevant emails are all sent to one account, so production of these documents would not be costly or time-consuming.

         Plaintiff argues that she seeks documents going back to 2013 (five years prior to the dismissal of her own charges) because she “has discovered evidence of a meeting that took place involving City officials in 2014 after an inmate was wrongfully detained for several months starting in 2013.” ECF No. 49 at 7. Plaintiff seeks an order compelling production of the requested documents within 14 days, and for her attorneys' fees and costs, particularly in light of Defendants now-withdrawn objection to Request No. 19.

         At oral argument, defense counsel confirmed that Defendants possess no lists of the type requested in Request Nos. 13 and 14. Defense counsel also stated that Defendants do not log or maintain any information regarding people they have found to have been improperly detained for too long.

         In response to defense counsel's assertions, Plaintiff argued that Defendants should at least be required to produce the daily rosters of people held in the custody of the City since 2013, as well as the communications and documents responsive to Request Nos. 15-17 regarding dismissals, so that Plaintiff's counsel may compare the documents and determine the number of people who remained incarcerated after their charges were dismissed. Plaintiff's counsel recognized that such a list would be over-inclusive for the ...


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