Wright v. Carroll Co. Public Service Auth. et al, No. 7:2012cv00234 - Document 10 (W.D. Va. 2012)

Court Description: MEMORANDUM OPINION. Signed by Judge James C. Turk on 8/7/12. (sas)
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CLERK' OFFIE U S. ST. S C D? COURT AT ROANOKE. VA FIED L ALC 9 ? 2 1 92 FNT HEWESDS A ET ITOFVCOURA I T U TT R DISDI RI I N ORHE NIEE T TS RC CT RGIT N S I JULk C, A DUDL CL EY ERK B: DB t y EU y L RO AN OK E D I ISI V ON OTI R. RI S W GHT, ) C as N o.7: c 00234 e 12- v- Pl ntf ai if, M EM OM NDUM OPI ON NI By:Jam esC .Turk Seni Uni St esD i ri Judge or ted at st ct CAR R O LL C O UN TY PU BLI C SERV ICE A U TH O R ITY , and R AY E.H ILL, D ef endant s. Thi matri beor t Cour onDee nt'M oi t Dimis( No.3 .The s te s f e he t fnda s ton o s s ECF ) Cl r i s d a Ros o no i t t pr s Pl i if a Pl i tf hasfl d a r po e. A e k s ue ebor tce o he o e a ntf , nd a n if ie es ns hea i washel on Augus 2,201 a t m a t r i now r pe f di pos ton. Fo t r as rng d t 2, nd he te s i or s ii r he e ons sa e be o ,D e e tt d l w f ndan s M oton i G R AN TED . t' i s 1. 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' 00 - ( )1 . ie St esCour ofAppeal f t Fourh Cicui hashel t tt V igi a Counci on Hum a Ri s at t s or he t r t d ha he r ni l n ght qu lfe a s ha a nc Ti lyv. rtUnonNa' Ba k,1 5F. 4 4 ( t Ci.1 98 . aiis s uc n ge y. nse Fis i tl n 5 3d 35, 40 4h r 9 ) Howeve ,her ,t e i neihe evi r e her s t r dence noralegaton t tPl ntf fr tfl a char wih t Vigi a l i ha ai if is ied ge t he r ni Counci on Hum a Ri sorany ot sa eagency. Thus,t l80- perod gover l n ght her t t he day i ns. 2Ator ar al gument Pl ntf appear t a gue t hewasbei r t it d agai tbecaus oft s et ai if ed o r hat ng eala e ns e he af y , conce nsher s i hi l t t t PSA Boa d ofDie or dat Aprl10,2001.Even i Pl ntf r aied n s eter o he r r ct s ed i f ai if coul make outan ADA r alaton cl m , hatcl m woul silr r dim is becaus t s tm e d et i i ai t ai d tl equie s s al e he ame i Imiain wouda l Se 4 U. C.j1 20 c (a rme e a dpr c d e a ia et p ro i tto s l ppy. e 2 S. 2 3() s me e dis n o e urs valbl o e s n wh cli r tlai a o whocamsdie tdici nain) o ams eaiton s ne li rc srmi to . I . V Concl i us on Fo t f e ngr a ons Defnda s'Motont Dimis( No.3)i GRANTED. r he orgoi e s , e nt i o s s ECF s An a opra eOr rs l is t sda ppr it de ha l s ue hi y. ENTER: i Uv d yo Aug t2 2 Ths a f us, 01 . Se orU nie St t s Di t i tJ ni t d a e sr c udge