United States of America v. Bynum et al

Filing 28

ORDER granting 23 United States' Consent MOTION to Seal Exhibits to Motion for Summary Judgment. Document Nos. 25-1,25-2, 25-3, 25-4, 25-5, and 25-6 shall remain under SEAL until otherwise ordered by this Court. Signed by Magistrate Judge David Keesler on 11/17/21. (mga)

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IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE WESTERN DISTRICT OF NORTH CAROLINA CHARLOTTE DIVISION CASE NO. 3:21-CV-037-FDW-DCK UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Plaintiff, v. TICO JERMAINE BYNUM, MALCOLM BYNUM, and DONALD BYNUM, Defendants. ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ORDER THIS MATTER IS BEFORE THE COURT on the “United States’ Motion For Leave To File Exhibits Under Seal” (Document No. 23) filed November 16, 2021. This motion has been referred to the undersigned Magistrate Judge pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 636(b), and immediate review is appropriate. Having carefully considered the motion and the record, the undersigned will grant the motion. A party who seeks to seal any pleading must comply with the Local Rules of this Court. Local Civil Rule (“LCvR”) 6.1 provides in relevant part as follows: LCvR. 6.1 SEALED FILINGS AND PUBLIC ACCESS. (a) Scope of Rule. To further openness in civil case proceedings, there is a presumption under applicable common law and the First Amendment that materials filed in this Court will be filed unsealed. This Rule governs any party’s request to seal, or otherwise restrict public access to, any materials filed with the Court or used in connection with judicial decision- making. As used in this Rule, “materials” includes pleadings and documents of any nature and in any medium or format. (b) Filing under Seal. No materials may be filed under seal except by Court order, pursuant to a statute, or in accordance with a previously entered Rule 26(e) protective order. (c) Motion to Seal or Otherwise Restrict Public Access. A party’s request to file materials under seal must be made by formal motion, separate from the motion or other pleading sought to be sealed, pursuant to LCvR 7.1. Such motion must be filed electronically under the designation “Motion to Seal.” The motion must set forth: (1) A non-confidential description of the material sought to be sealed; (2) A statement indicating why sealing is necessary and why there are no alternatives to filing under seal; (3) Unless permanent sealing is sought, a statement indicating how long the party seeks to have the material maintained under seal and how the matter is to be handled upon unsealing; and (4) Supporting statutes, case law, or other authority. Local Rule 6.1. It appears that the requirements of Local Rule 6.1(c)(1) through (4) have been adequately met. By the instant motion, the United States seeks to seal Exhibits 3, 8, 20, 21, 25, and 26 (Document Nos. 25-1, 25-2, 25-3, 25-4, 25-5, and 25-6) to its Motion for Summary Judgment because it contends that these documents “include payment histories, bank statements, and tax returns that contain financial information protected from disclosure to the public by the Privacy Act.” (Document No. 23, p. 1). Defendants consent to the United States’ Motion to Seal. Having considered the factors provided in Local Rule 6.1(c), the Court will grant the motion to seal. Noting that the time for public response has not run to this motion, the Court will consider any objection to this Order from non-parties as an objection to the motion, requiring no additional burden for any non-party under the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. See Local Rule 6.1(e). IT IS, THEREFORE, ORDERED that the “United States’ Motion For Leave To File 2 Exhibits Under Seal” (Document No. 23) is GRANTED. Document Nos. 25-1, 25-2, 25-3, 25-4, 25-5, and 25-6 shall remain under SEAL until otherwise ordered by this Court. SO ORDERED. Signed: November 17, 2021 3

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