James v. Cheatdum et al
ORDER directing the Clerk of the Court to substitute Mike Davis for the John Doe defendant; directing the Clerk of the Court to prepare summons for Mr. Davis through the North Little Rock Police Department; and directing the U.S. Marshal to serve a copy of the complaint and summons on Mr. Davis without prepayment of fees and costs or security therefor. Signed by Judge Kristine G. Baker on 7/13/2017. (mef)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS
DAVID N. JAMES
Case No. 4:16-cv-00835 KGB
ERIC CHEATDUM, et al.
On June 30, 2017, the Court entered an Order granting plaintiff David N. James’ motion
to proceed in forma pauperis and screening Mr. James’ complaint (Dkt. No. 7). The Court found:
[W]ith respect to the defendant Mr. James identifies as the Chief of Police of the
North Little Rock Police Department, the Clerk cannot issue summons, and the
Marshal is unable to serve unknown persons. Mr. James is permitted to engage in
limited discovery consistent with the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, if necessary,
to try to determine the name of the person he identifies as the Chief of Police. Once
Mr. James is able to identify this defendant by name and address, he must notify
the Court so that service can be ordered, if appropriate.
(Id., at 7). On July 10, 2017, Mr. James filed a response to the Court’s Order providing the name
and address for the person he believes is the North Little Rock Chief of Police (Dkt. No. 8). In the
light of Mr. James’ filing, the Court directs the Clerk of the Court to substitute Mike Davis for the
John Doe defendant in this action. The Clerk of the Court shall prepare summons for Mr. Davis,
and the United States Marshal is hereby directed to serve a copy of the complaint and summons
on Mr. Davis without prepayment of fees and costs or security therefor. Service for Mr. Davis
should be through the North Little Rock Police Department, 200 West Pershing, North Little Rock,
So ordered this the 13th day of July, 2017.
Kristine G. Baker
United States District Judge
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