Jackson et al v. King County
ORDER granting Plaintiffs' 27 Stipulated MOTION to Seal . The Court orders that Dkt. No. 7 -2 shall be sealed by the clerk and Dkt. No. 29 shall remain under seal. Signed by Judge Lauren King. (SR)
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UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
WESTERN DISTRICT OF WASHINGTON
CEDRIC JACKSON et al.,
CASE NO. 21-CV-00995-LK-BAT
ORDER GRANTING STIPULATED
MOTION TO SEAL
The parties have filed a stipulated motion asking the court to seal a new exhibit, Dkt. No.
29, and to seal a previously filed copy of a similar document, Dkt. No. 7-2. Both documents are
versions of a list that includes class members’ names, the number of days they were in solitary
confinement as children and youth, and the financial amount each will receive under the
proposed settlement. Having reviewed the motion, the two documents proposed to be filed under
seal, the declaration filed in support, and the record as a whole, the Court finds and orders that:
After balancing the interests of the public in viewing the document and those who
may benefit by keeping the document private, the Court finds that compelling interests sufficient
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to justify sealing the two court records exist, pursuant to Local Civil Rule 5(g)(2) and the legal
standard articulated in Kamakana v. City & Cty. of Honolulu, 447 F.3d 1172, 1179 (9th Cir.
2006). Namely, RCW 70.48.100, which mandates that information regarding jail records be kept
confidential, the Court’s previously entered protective order (Dkt. No. 17), and class members’
privacy interests in keeping their identities confidential, outweigh the public need to view these
documents in unredacted form. The information sought to be sealed has also previously been
filed in redacted format, Dkt. No. 24-1, which is available for viewing by the public. The
redacted document redacts only class members’ names and satisfies any public interest need for
information about the overall settlement, the size of the class, and the number of days in solitary
confinement for class members.
Accordingly, the stipulated motion to seal (Dkt. No. 27) is granted. The Court
orders that Dkt. No. 7-2 shall be sealed by the clerk and Dkt. No. 29 shall remain under seal.
Defendant may seek leave in the future to unseal relevant portions of these filings, if necessary to
prove that individual class members have been compensated in this case.
The Clerk is directed to send uncertified copies of this Order to all counsel of record and
to any party appearing pro se at said party’s last known address.
Dated this 7th day of January, 2022.
United States District Judge
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