Notice: Eighth Circuit Rule 28a(k) Governs Citation of Unpublished Opinions and Provides That They Are Not Precedent and Generally Should Not Be Cited Unless Relevant to Establishing the Doctrines of Res Judicata, Collateral Estoppel, the Law of the Case, or if the Opinion Has Persuasive Value on a Material Issue and No Published Opinion Would Serve As Well.alvin Harris, Appellant,lincoln County Residential Facilities, Appellee, 116 F.3d 480 (8th Cir. 1997)Annotate this Case
Appeal from the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri.
Before BOWMAN, WOLLMAN, and BEAM, Circuit Judges.
Alvin Harris appeals from an order of the District Court1 entering judgment in favor of defendant Lincoln County Residential Facilities following a bench trial in his sexual harassment suit filed under Title VII, 42 U.S.C. §§ 2000e to 2000e-17.
As Harris has neither provided a transcript nor moved for the preparation of a transcript at government expense, we cannot review his claims of trial error. See Fed. R. App. P. 10(b); Meroney v. Delta Int'l Mach. Corp., 18 F.3d 1436, 1437 (8th Cir. 1994); Schmid v. United Bhd. of Carpenters & Joiners, 827 F.2d 384, 386 (8th Cir. 1987) (per curiam), cert. denied, 484 U.S. 1071 (1988). As for Harris's claim that he was entitled to a jury trial, we conclude that the District Court was correct in determining that Harris failed to make a timely jury demand in accordance with Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 38(b), thereby waiving his right to a jury trial. See Fed. R. Civ. P. 38(d); Scharnhorst v. Independent Sch. Dist. No. 710, 686 F.2d 637, 641 (8th Cir. 1982) (per curiam) (holding that appellant waived right to jury trial by failing to make timely demand, regardless of proffered explanation), cert. denied, 462 U.S. 1109 (1983). Further, the District Court's refusal to excuse the waiver did not constitute an abuse of discretion. Spear v. Dayton's, 771 F.2d 1140, 1144 (8th Cir. 1985) (stating that pro se litigants are not afforded any special leniency under Rule 38 and that a district court's refusal to excuse waiver is reviewed for abuse of discretion).
Accordingly, we affirm.
The Honorable George F. Gunn, Jr., United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Missouri