Doe #1 v. Lee et al
MEMORANDUM OPINION AND ORDER: Plaintiff's unopposed Motion for a preliminary injunction (Doc. No. 12 ) is GRANTED. In light of the pending appeal, the parties' joint Motion (Doc. No. 10 ) is GRANTED. Accordingly, all deadlines are VACATED , and this case is ADMINISTRATIVELY CLOSED. Within 30 days of the Sixth Circuit's decision in Does #19 v. Lee, No. 23-5248, the parties shall notify the Court of the decision and request the case be reopened. IT IS SO ORDERED. Signed by Chief Judge Waverly D. Crenshaw, Jr on 11/14/2023. (DOCKET TEXT SUMMARY ONLY-ATTORNEYS MUST OPEN THE PDF AND READ THE ORDER.)(af)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
MIDDLE DISTRICT OF TENNESSEE
WILLIAM LEE, Governor of the State
of Tennessee, in his official capacity, et
MEMORANDUM OPINION AND ORDER
Two related motions are pending before the Court.
The first is Plaintiffs’ Unopposed Motion for a Preliminary Injunction (Doc. No. 12), which
requests the Court enjoin, among other things, enforcement of Tennessee’s Sex Offender and
Violent Sex Offender Registration, Verification, and Monitoring Act (“SORA”), Tenn. Code. Ann.
§ 40-39-201 et seq., against Plaintiff. Pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 65(d)(1), “every
order granting an injunction . . . must . . . state its terms specifically and describe in reasonable
detail—and not by referring to the complaint or other document—the act or acts restrained or
required.” Fed. R. Civ. Pro. 65(d)(1). By proceeding under a pseudonym, Plaintiff runs afoul of
that Rule because reference to other documents is required to determine the scope of the
preliminary injunction and he is the beneficiary of the preliminary injunction. Plaintiff’s Exhibit
A to the Complaint (Doc. No. 1-1), identifies Plaintiff. Compare Doc. No. 1-1 (identifying
Plaintiff using his “Offender ID”); with Search, TENN. SEX OFFENDER REGISTRY,
https://sor.tbi.tn.gov/search (last visited Nov. 8, 2023).
Accordingly, Plaintiff’s unopposed Motion for a preliminary injunction (Doc. No. 12) is
GRANTED. The Court preliminary enjoins Defendants, and their officers, directors, agents,
servants, representatives, attorneys, employees, subsidiaries, and affiliates, and all those in active
concern or participation with them, from directly or indirectly: (1) enforcing SORA against George
Edward Allen; (2) requiring George Edward Allen to comply with any portion of SORA; and (3)
publishing George Edward Allen’s information on a sex offender registry.
The second is the parties’ Joint Motion to Administratively Stay Case Pending Ruling in
Sixth Circuit Appeal (Doc. No. 10), which requests the Court administratively stay the case
pending the Sixth Circuit’s decision in Does #1–9 v. Lee, No. 23-5248, after ruling on Plaintiff’s
unopposed Motion for a Preliminary Injunction (Doc. No. 12).
In light of the pending appeal, the parties’ joint Motion (Doc. No. 10) is GRANTED.
Accordingly, all deadlines are VACATED, and this case is ADMINISTRATIVELY CLOSED.
Within 30 days of the Sixth Circuit’s decision in Does #1–9 v. Lee, No. 23-5248, the parties shall
notify the Court of the decision and request the case be reopened.
IT IS SO ORDERED
WAVERLY D. CRENSHAW, JR.
CHIEF UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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