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DistrictDistrict of Columbia
CityWashington, DC
Case Number1:2019cv03191
Date Filed2019-10-24
Date ClosedOpen
JudgeJudge Amy Berman Jackson
PlaintiffJAMES E. COLEMAN, JR. on behalf of Ruben Wright
Case DescriptionJames Coleman, co-director of the Wrongful Conviction Clinic at Duke University Law School, submitted a FOIA request to the Department of the Navy for records pertaining to the murder conviction of Rueben Wright, a Marine who Coleman was representing on appeal. Coleman specifically requested video footage from the Onslow County Sheriff's Office during Wright's incarceration there. Coleman had a video from OCSO but argued that portions were missing and that Naval Criminal Intelligence Service, which had investigated the murder, had other records relevant to the case. NCIS told Coleman that any gaps in the video footage occurred because the video was motion activated and was not on when no one was around. Coleman filed an administrative appeal and the agency remanded the request for further processing. However, after still being unsatisfied with the agency's response, Coleman filed suit.
Complaint issues: Failure to respond within statutory time limit, Adequacy - Search, Litigation - Attorney's fees

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2019-10-241COMPLAINT against DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY ( Filing fee $ 400 receipt number ADCDC-6477295) filed by JAMES E. COLEMAN, JR.. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A, # 2 Exhibit B, # 3 Exhibit C, # 4 Exhibit D, # 5 Exhibit E, # 6 Exhibit F, # 7 Civil Cover Sheet, # 8 Summons)(Smith, Arin) (Entered: 10/24/2019)
2019-10-242MOTION for Leave to Appear Pro Hac Vice :Attorney Name- David Cohen, :Firm- Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP, :Address- 1875 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC, 20006. Phone No. - 202-663-6205. Fax No. - 202-663-6363 Filing fee $ 100, receipt number ADCDC-6477350. Fee Status: Fee Paid. by JAMES E. COLEMAN, JR. (Attachments: # 1 Declaration of David Cohen, # 2 Text of Proposed Order)(Smith, Arin) (Entered: 10/24/2019)
2019-10-28Case assigned to Judge Randolph D. Moss. (zmc) (Entered: 10/28/2019)
2019-10-283SUMMONS (1) Issued Electronically as to DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY. (Attachment: # 1 Notice and Consent)(zmc) (Entered: 10/28/2019)
2019-10-284Case randomly reassigned to Judge Carl J. Nichols. Judge Randolph D. Moss is no longer assigned to the case. (rj) (Entered: 10/28/2019)
2019-10-295Case randomly reassigned to Judge Amy Berman Jackson. Judge Carl J. Nichols is no longer assigned to the case. (rj) (Entered: 10/29/2019)
2019-11-046REQUEST FOR SUMMONS TO ISSUE as to Department of the Navy, filed by JAMES E. COLEMAN, JR..(Smith, Arin) (Entered: 11/04/2019)
2019-11-057SUMMONS (1) Issued Electronically as to DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY. (ztd) (Entered: 11/05/2019)
2019-11-058RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed. DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY served on 10/31/2019 (Smith, Arin) (Entered: 11/05/2019)
2019-11-059RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed on United States Attorney General. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney General 11/1/2019. (Smith, Arin) (Entered: 11/05/2019)
2019-11-0510RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed as to the United States Attorney. Date of Service Upon United States Attorney on 11/1/2019. Answer due for ALL FEDERAL DEFENDANTS by 12/1/2019. (Smith, Arin) (Entered: 11/05/2019)
2019-11-1211NOTICE of Appearance by Alan Burch on behalf of DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY (Burch, Alan) (Entered: 11/12/2019)
2019-11-12MINUTE ORDER granting 2 Motion for Leave of David Cohen to Appear Pro Hac Vice only upon condition that the lawyer admitted, or at least one member of the lawyer's firm, undergo CM/ECF training, obtain a CM/ECF username and password, and agree to file papers electronically. No court papers will be mailed to any lawyer. The Court would strongly encourage counsel who practices in a law office in the District of Columbia and seeks to litigate here to apply for membership in the bar of this court. Counsel should register for e-filing via PACER and file a notice of appearance pursuant to LCvR 83.6(a). Click for instructions . Signed by Judge Amy Berman Jackson on 11/12/19. (DMK) (Entered: 11/12/2019)
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