Kess Tani v. The Washington Post

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UNPUBLISHED UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE FOURTH CIRCUIT No. 08-1766 KESS TANI, Plaintiff - Appellant, v. THE WASHINGTON POST, a/k/a The Enterprise, a/k/a Southern Maryland Online, Owner/Publisher; RICK BOYD, Editor, Washington Post; JOHN C. WHARTON, Reporter, Washington Post; EDITOR(S), WASHINGTON POST; MANAGING EDITORS(S), WASHINGTON POST; CHIEF EDITOR, WASHINGTON POST; CEO, WASHINGTON POST; CFO, WASHINGTON POST; PRESIDENT, WASHINGTON POST; VICE PRESIDENT, WASHINGTON POST; OTHERS, Yet to be identified Liable Persons, Washington Post; ST. MARY'S TODAY, a/k/a Island Publishing Company; KENNETH C. ROSSIGNOL, Owner/Publisher, St. Mary's Today; REPORTER(S), ST. MARY'S TODAY; EDITOR(S), ST. MARY'S TODAY; MANAGING EDITOR(S), ST. MARY'S TODAY; CEO, ST. MARY'S TODAY; CFO, ST. MARY'S TODAY; PRESIDENT, ST. MARY'S TODAY; VICE PRESIDENT, ST. MARY'S TODAY; OTHERS, Yet to be named Liable Persons, St. Mary's Today; THEBAYNET; SEAN RICE, Owner/Publisher, TheBayNet; REPORTER(S), THEBAYNET; EDITOR(S), THEBAYNET; MANAGING EDITOR(S), THEBAYNET; CHIEF EDITOR, THEBAYNET; CEO, THEBAYNET; CFO, THEBAYNET; PRESIDENT, THEBAYNET; VICE PRESIDENT, THEBAYNET; OTHERS, Yet to be identified Liable Persons, TheBayNet; SHARON BELL; ANNA BEDFORD-DAVIS; JOSHUA DAVIS; CHRISTOPHER NORRIS, Defendants - Appellees. No. 09-1763 KESS TANI, Plaintiff - Appellant, v. THE WASHINGTON POST, a/k/a The Enterprise, a/k/a Southern Maryland Online, Owner/Publisher; RICK BOYD, Editor, Washington Post; JOHN C. WHARTON, Reporter, Washington Post; EDITOR(S), WASHINGTON POST; MANAGING EDITORS(S), WASHINGTON POST; CHIEF EDITOR, WASHINGTON POST; CEO, WASHINGTON POST; CFO, WASHINGTON POST; PRESIDENT, WASHINGTON POST; VICE PRESIDENT, WASHINGTON POST; OTHERS, Yet to be identified Liable Persons, Washington Post; ST. MARY'S TODAY, a/k/a Island Publishing Company; KENNETH C. ROSSIGNOL, Owner/Publisher, St. Mary's Today; REPORTER(S), ST. MARY'S TODAY; EDITOR(S), ST. MARY'S TODAY; MANAGING EDITOR(S), ST. MARY'S TODAY; CEO, ST. MARY'S TODAY; CFO, ST. MARY'S TODAY; PRESIDENT, ST. MARY'S TODAY; VICE PRESIDENT, ST. MARY'S TODAY; OTHERS, Yet to be named Liable Persons, St. Mary's Today; THEBAYNET; SEAN RICE, Owner/Publisher, TheBayNet; REPORTER(S), THEBAYNET; MANAGING EDITOR(S), THEBAYNET; CHIEF EDITOR, THEBAYNET; CEO, THEBAYNET; CFO, THEBAYNET; PRESIDENT, THEBAYNET; VICE PRESIDENT, THEBAYNET; OTHERS, Yet to be identified Liable Persons, TheBayNet; SHARON BELL; ANNA BEDFORD-DAVIS; JOSHUA DAVIS; CHRISTOPHER NORRIS, Defendants - Appellees. Appeals from the United States District Court for the District of Maryland, at Greenbelt. Peter J. Messitte, Senior District Judge. (8:08-cv-01130-PJM) Submitted: November 17, 2009 Decided: November 19, 2009 Before WILKINSON, MICHAEL, and KING, Circuit Judges. 2 No. 08-1766 dismissed; No. 09-1763 affirmed by unpublished per curiam opinion. Kess Tani, Appellant Pro Se. Kevin Hardy, WILLIAMS & CONNOLLY, LLP, Washington, D.C.; Thomas A. McManus, SASSCER, CLAGETT & BUCHER, Upper Marlboro, Maryland, for Appellees. Unpublished opinions are not binding precedent in this circuit. 3 PER CURIAM: In No. 08-1766, Kess Tani noted an appeal from the district subject court's matter order dismissing his complaint the for lack of jurisdiction. Tani's Because motion for district court and We subsequently granted reconsideration vacated that order, the appeal from that order is moot. therefore dismiss this portion of the appeal. In No. 09-1763, Tani appeals from the district court's order denying relief on his 42 U.S.C. 1983 (2006) complaint. We have reviewed the record and find no reversible error. Accordingly, we affirm for the reasons stated by the district court. Tani v. The Washington Post, No. 8:08-cv-01130-PJM (D. We dispense with oral argument because the are and adequately argument presented not in aid the the Md. June 18, 2009). facts and legal before contentions the court materials would decisional process. No. 08-1766 DISMISSED No. 09-1763 AFFIRMED 4

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