Abbott et al v. First Student Inc

Filing 87

ORDER authorizing defendant, counsel Michael Grosso, Allan King, Ben Hood and Bruce Rasch and all lawyers and staff to bring electronic devices into the courthouse on February 4th, 2014 and thereafter, subject to the rules set forth in this order. Signed by Magistrate Judge Joe J. Volpe on 1/28/2014. (mmd)

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IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT EASTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS WESTERN DIVISION THOMAS ABBOTT; et al. v. PLAINTIFFS 4:12CV00726-BSM FIRST STUDENT INC. DEFENDANT ALONZO BENNETT; et al. v. PLAINTIFFS 4:12CV00798-BSM FIRST STUDENT INC. DEFENDANT ORDER Re: General Order 541 Pursuant to a request from the defendant, counsel Michael Grosso, Allan King, Ben Hood and Bruce Rasch and all lawyers and staff affiliated with these cases are authorized to bring cell phones, laptop computers, digital cameras or personal digital assistants into the courthouse on February 4, 2014, and thereafter, subject to the following rules: (a) The devices mentioned above may not be used to record, photograph, or film anyone or anything inside the courthouse. (b) Cell phones must be turned off and put away when in the courtroom. (c) Wireless internet components of electronic devices must be deactivated when in district courtrooms. (d) Before persons with electronic devices are granted entry into the courthouse, all devices must be examined by the United States Marshals Service or Court Security Personnel. This examination includes, but is not limited to placing the device through electronic screening machines and requiring the person possessing the device to turn the power to the device off and on. (e) The United States Marshals Service may further restrict electronic devices from entering the building should a threat assessment so dictate. 1 Adopted in the Eastern District of Arkansas. A violation of paragraph (a), (b), or (c) may result in seizure of the electronic device, withdrawal of the privilege to bring an electronic device into the courthouse, or other sanctions. A violation of the prohibition on recording, photographing, or filming anyone or anything inside the courthouse may be punished as contempt of court. IT IS SO ORDERED this 28th day of January, 2014. ______________________________________ JOE J. VOLPE UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE

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