Bernadine Collins, Plaintiff-appellant, v. Graham County, a Political Subdivision of the State Ofarizona; Graham County Sheriff's Office, an Administrativeagency of Graham County; Richard Mack, Both Individuallyand in His Official Capacity As Graham County Sheriff; Mrs.mack; Charles Morris, Both Individually and in His Officialcapacity As Graham County Chief Criminal Investigator; Mrs.morris, Wife; Mike Mceuen, in His Individual Capacity,husband; Mrs. Mceuen, Wife; Tommy Whitmer, in Hisindividual Capacity, and Husband; Mrs. Whitmer, Wife,defendants-appellees, 134 F.3d 376 (9th Cir. 1998)

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U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit - 134 F.3d 376 (9th Cir. 1998)

Submitted January 12, 1998**Decided Jan. 16, 1998

Before: BROWNING, KLEINFELD, and THOMAS, Circuit Judges.


Bernadine Collins appeals the district court's summary judgment in favor of Graham County in her 42 U.S.C. § 1983 action alleging that officers violated her constitutional rights and falsely imprisoned her during execution of a search warrant at her residence.1  We have jurisdiction pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1291, and we reverse and remand.

"A moving party is entitled to summary judgment only upon a showing that there are no genuine issues of material fact requiring a trial." Henry v. Gill Industries, 983 F.2d 943, 950 (9th Cir. 1993). If the movant's papers do not address the allegations that give rise to the complaint, the movant has failed to satisfy its burden. See Marshall v. Gates, 44 F.3d 722, 725 (9th Cir. 1995).

Here, the district court struck Collin's untimely opposition to summary judgment under a local rule, and then granted summary judgment for Graham County in spite of the fact that the county's papers did not address the manner in which the search warrant was executed. Because Graham County did not establish an absence of triable issues, the district court abused its discretion by granting summary judgment in favor of Graham County. See Henry, 983 F.2d at 950.



The panel unanimously finds this case suitable for decision without oral argument. See Fed. R. App. P. 34(a); 9th Cir. R. 34-4


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The Graham County Sheriff's Office and individual officers were named as co-defendants