McKenzie v. United States of America

Filing 10

ORDER unsealing pleadings in Criminal Case 6:15cr-001. Signed by Magistrate Judge G. R. Smith on 1/6/17. (jrb)

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UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF GEORGIA STATESBORO DIVISION OLAUDAH McKENZIE, ) ) Movant, ) ) CV616-086 CR615-OO1 ) ) UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, ) ) Respondent. -' (1 pt 1 IPI 1! Movant Olaudah McKenzie moves to unseal 23 docket entries for use in his 28 U.S.C. ยง 2255 motion. Doc. 292. He suggests that electronic accessibility to sealed documents in this case would assist him in supporting his legal claims. Id. He seeks, inter alia, unsealing of warrants and orders granting warrants. Id. The clerk automatically sealed these documents, but there does not appear to be any basis for keeping them under seal and the Government has not opposed his motion. A review of the requested docket entries shows that none will be of any help to him. Transparency, however, is the norm.' Accordingly 1 As the Eleventh Circuit explains: The common-law right of access "establish[es] a general presumption that criminal and civil actions should be conducted publicly" and "includes the right to inspect and copy public records and documents." Chi. Tribune Co. v. Olaudah McKenzie's motion to unseal documents is GRANTED. Doe. 292. SO ORDERED, this 6th day of January, 2017. UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF GEORGIA Bridgestone/Firestone, Inc., 263 F.3d 1304, 1311 (11th Cir. 2001) (per curiam). It is "an essential component of our system of justice" and "is instrumental in securing the integrity of the process." Id. F.T.C. v. AbbVie Products LLC, 713 F.3d 54, 62 (11th Cir. 2013); see also United States v. Peterson, 627 F.Supp.2d 1359, 1373-74 (M.D. Ga. 2008) (granting defendant's motion to unseal search warrant and affidavit because they are "judicial records," and "judicial documents should not be sealed indefinitely; they should only remained sealed when some interest would be adversely affected if the documents were made public"). 2

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