Johnson v. Edwards
ORDER denying 41 MOTION for Final Judgment; denying 43 MOTION for Summary Judgment; denying 45 MOTION for names of all Deputy Clerks; denying 47 MOTION for Entry of Default; and denying 48 MOTION for Final Judgment. Signed by Magistrate Judge Shiva V Hodges on 8/29/2017. (mwal)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF SOUTH CAROLINA
Miyuki Maureen Johnson,
Col. Eric Edwards; Col. Clem Donald
McDuffie; GS-13 Carla M. Laird; and
GS-15 Andrea V. Gardener, in their
individual and personal capacities,
C/A No.: 3:17-1122-JFA-SVH
This matter is before the Court on Plaintiff’s motions for final, default, and
summary judgment [ECF Nos. 41, 43, 47, 48], and motion for names of the Clerk of
Court’s Deputy Clerks [ECF No. 45]. Under Local Civ. Rule 73.02(B)(2)(e) (D.S.C.), all
pretrial proceedings in this action have been referred to the assigned United States
Magistrate Judge. For the reasons that follow, the court denies Plaintiff’s motions.
Motions for Judgment
Plaintiff, proceeding pro se, brought this action against Col. Eric Edwards, Col.
Clem Donald McDuffie, GS-13 Carla M. Laird, and GS-15 Andrea V. Gardener
(“Defendants”). [ECF No. 1]. Because Defendants are federal employees, they are
entitled to 60 days to answer or otherwise plead under Fed. R. Civ. P. 12(a)(3) after
proper service. The docket reflects that the United States Attorney’s Office was served on
July 13, 2017. [ECF No. 37 (acknowledging service of the summons and complaints);
and ECF No. 35 (reflecting summons returned executed)].
The undersigned denies Plaintiff’s motions for final and summary judgment [ECF
Nos. 41, 43, 48]. Specifically, Plaintiff’s motions are based on a false assumption that
defendants are in default. Defendants are not in default and have until September 14,
2017, to file an answer or other responsive pleading.
Freedom of Information Act Request
Further, the court denies Plaintiff’s motion pursuant to the Freedom of Information
Act, 5 U.S.C. 552(a), for the full names of the Clerk of Court’s Deputy Clerks and Chief
Deputy. The Freedom of Information Act, codified at 5 U.S.C. §§ 551 and 552, does not
apply to the Judicial Branch. See 5 U.S.C. § 551(1)(B) (excluding the courts of the United
States from the definition of “agency” used in § 551 et seq. of Title 5); see also Nero v.
Maryland, 487 F. App'x 89, 90 (4th Cir. 2012) (holding Freedom of Information Act
applies only to federal agencies and does not apply to the courts); In re Walker, No.
CR.3:05-759-JFA-22, 2010 WL 2044651, at *2 (D.S.C. May 21, 2010)(“A federal court
is not subject to the federal Freedom of Information Act.”)(emphasis in original).
For the foregoing reasons, Plaintiff’s motions [ECF Nos. 41, 43, 45, 47, 48] are
IT IS SO ORDERED.
August 29, 2017
Columbia, South Carolina
Shiva V. Hodges
United States Magistrate Judge
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