James Edward MCCONNELL; Kim McConnell, Plaintiffs - Appellants, v. WATAUGA COUNTY; Department of Social Services Watauga County; Thomas Hughes; Jennifer Smith; Jessica Winebarger; Chad Slagle; Len D. Hagaman; Watauga County Sheriff's Department; Jaska H. Rominger; Western Surety Company, Defendants - Appellees.
Decided: January 24, 2020
Before WILKINSON and QUATTLEBAUM, Circuit Judges, and SHEDD, Senior Circuit Judge.
William E. Moore, Jr., GRAY, LAYTON, KERSH, SOLOMON, FURR & SMITH, PA, Gastonia, North Carolina, for Appellants. Bradley O. Wood, WOMBLE BOND DICKINSON (US) LLP, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, for Appellees.
James Edward McConnell and Kim McConnell appeal from the district court's order granting summary judgment in favor of the Defendants on their civil action asserting claims under 42 U.S.C. §§ 1983, 1985 and 1986 (2018), and related state-law claims arising from the arrest and prosecution of James McConnell on state criminal charges of which he was later acquitted. The McConnells also appeal the district court's order affirming the magistrate judge's order denying their motion to compel and granting one of the defendant's motion for a protective order. We have reviewed the record included on appeal, as well as the parties’ briefs, and we find no reversible error. Accordingly, we affirm for the reasons stated by the district court. McConnell v. Watauga Cty., No. 5:17-cv-00195-MOC-DCK, 2019 WL 2344223 (W.D.N.C. May 9, 2019; May 31, 2019). We dispense with oral argument because the facts and legal contentions are adequately presented in the materials before this court and argument would not aid the decisional process.
Affirmed by unpublished per curiam opinion.
Unpublished opinions are not binding precedent in this circuit.
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