Jones v. Doe et al
ORDER: The Marshal shall use all reasonable efforts to locate and obtain service on Defendants Toni Sellers Haire and Natalie Snipes Mills. The Clerk is to substitute Defendants' names in the Court's records as follows: Toni Sellers Haire for Jane Doe; Natalie Snipes Mills for FNU Mills; Alvin R. Burke for FNU Burke; Randy Mullis for John Doe; and Dr. Gregory Haynes for Gregory Haynes. Signed by Chief Judge Martin Reidinger on 1/6/2021. (Pro se litigant served by US Mail.) (maf)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE WESTERN DISTRICT OF NORTH CAROLINA
CIVIL CASE NO. 3:20-cv-00286-MR
JOHN THOMAS JONES, III,
JANE DOE, et al.,
THIS MATTER is before the Court on the North Carolina Department
of Public Safety’s (NCDPS) sealed Notice [Doc. 20] regarding the Court’s
Request for Waivers of Service [see Doc. 12] and on periodic review of the
The Complaint passed initial review against Defendants Jane Doe,
FNU Mills, FNU Burke, John Doe, and Gregory Haynes [Doc. 11], and the
Court initiated the procedure for waiver of service [Doc. 12]. Service waivers
have been filed for FNU Burke, actually Alvin R. Burke; John Doe, actually
Randy Mullis; and Gregory Haynes, actually Dr. Gregory Haynes. [Docs. 19,
23]. However, NCDPS has been unable to waive service for Jane Doe,
actually Toni Sellers Haire; and FNU Mills, actually Natalie Snipes Mills.
[See Doc. 20]. NCDPS represents that Defendants Haire and Mills are no
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longer employed with NCDPS and has provided these Defendants’ last
known addresses under seal. [Id.].
The Clerk will be directed to notify the U.S. Marshal that Defendants
Haire and Mills need to be served with the summons and Complaint in
accordance with Rule 4 the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. If Defendants
Haire and Mills cannot be served at the addresses provided by NCDPS, the
U.S. Marshal shall be responsible for locating their home addresses so they
may be served. See 28 U.S.C. § 1915(d) (in actions brought in forma
pauperis under § 1915(d), “[t]he officers of the court shall issue and serve all
process, and perform all duties in such cases”); Fed. R. Civ. P. 4(c)(3) (“At
the plaintiff’s request, the court may order that service be made by a United
States Marshal or deputy marshal or by a person specially appointed by the
court. The court must so order if the plaintiff is authorized to proceed in forma
pauperis under 28 U.S.C. § 1915….”).
If the U.S. Marshal is unable to obtain service on Defendants Haire and
Mills, the U.S. Marshal shall inform the Court of the reasonable attempts to
The U.S. Marshal shall not disclose Defendants’ home
addresses to the pro se incarcerated Plaintiff and shall file any document
containing such address under seal.
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The Clerk of Court will be instructed to update the Court file with the
Defendants’ correct names as reflected in this Order.
IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED that:
The U.S. Marshal shall use all reasonable efforts to locate and obtain
service on Defendants Toni Sellers Haire and Natalie Snipes Mills. If the
U.S. Marshal is unable to obtain service on Defendants Haire and Mills, the
U.S. Marshal shall inform the Court of the reasonable attempts to obtain
The Clerk is respectfully instructed to mail a copy of the Complaint
[Doc. 1], the Sealed Notice containing Defendants’ last known addresses
[Doc. 20], and this Order to the U.S. Marshal.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the Clerk is instructed to substitute
Defendants’ names in the Court’s records as follows: Toni Sellers Haire for
Jane Doe; Natalie Snipes Mills for FNU Mills; Alvin R. Burke for FNU Burke;
Randy Mullis for John Doe; and Dr. Gregory Haynes for Gregory Haynes.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
Signed: January 6, 2021
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