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Stile v. Somerset County

United States District Court, D. Maine

August 30, 2017

JAMES STILE, Plaintiff,
v.
SOMERSET COUNTY, et al., Defendant. UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
v.
JAMES STILE

          ORDER ON MOTION TO COMPEL, MOTION TO EXTEND TIME, AND MOTION FOR DISCLOSURE

          JOHN A. WOODCOCK, JR. UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE

         The Court sorts through the multiple motions that James Stile filed in these cases, grants one and dismisses the other.

         I. BACKGROUND

         When there are multiple suits and multiple filings on multiple dockets, things are bound to get confusing. James Stile's first case began on September 20, 2011 as a criminal complaint under docket number 1:11-cr-00185-JAW. After pleading guilty to robbery of controlled substances from a DEA-registered pharmacy, Mr. Stile was sentenced on May 29, 2015 to 120 months incarceration, five years of supervised release, a special assessment of $100.00, restitution in the amount of $13, 306.93, and no fine. J. (ECF No. 579). Mr. Stile appealed his sentence, and, on January 3, 2017, the Court of Appeals for the First Circuit affirmed it. United States v. Stile, 845 F.3d 425 (1st Cir. 2017).

         Meanwhile, Mr. Stile filed a lawsuit against Somerset County.[1] This lawsuit was filed on July 1, 2013 and is styled Stile v. Somerset County; it was assigned docket number 1:13-cv-00248-JAW. This lawsuit remains actively pending. Mr. Stile has been a prolific filer in this case. The docket reflects 427 entries as of August 30, 2017.

         On April 28, 2017, Mr. Stile filed a motion to vacate, set aside, or correct his sentence pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2255. This lawsuit is styled Stile v. United States and was filed on April 28, 2017; it was assigned docket number 1:17-cv-00159-JAW. However, in accordance with the practice of the Clerk's Office of this District, docket entries for 1:17-cv-00159-JAW have been made under the underlying criminal case, 1:11-cr-00185-JAW. Mr. Stile's § 2255 lawsuit, docket number 1:17-cv-00159-JAW, therefore, has no docket entries, and instead all docket entries for 1:17-cv-00159-JAW appear in 1:11-cr-00185-JAW. There are also numerous entries in 1:11-cr-00185-JAW; as of August 30, 2017, there are 662 entries.

         With this background, on August 3, 2017, Mr. Stile filed a letter motion for copies of documents under Stile v. Somerset County, 13-cv-00248-JAW. This letter motion was docketed as ECF No. 423 and requested copies of the following documents, all from Stile v. Somerset County, 13-cv-00248-JAW:

1) ECF No. 18 - motion and Exhibit D;
2) ECF No. 44 - motion to conduct investigation and Attachment 1;
3) ECF No. 47 - letter motion for return of four DVDs; and
4) ECF No. 49 - Order granting in part ECF No. 47 motion for return of four DVDs.

Id. at 1. Mr. Stile also requested copies of updated dockets in 1:11-cr-00185-JAW and 1:17-cv-00159-JAW. Id.

         On August 7, 2017, the Court granted the motion for copies but cautioned Mr. Stile that the Clerk's Office typically does not make copies of filed documents for litigants:

ORDER granting 423 Motion for Copies of Documents. In issuing this order, please note that the Court ordinarily does not order the Clerk's Office to make copies of filed documents for litigants since the Clerk's Office is not the litigants' secretary. However, here, the Court has made an exception because of the limited number of documents requested and the time deadlines that Mr. Stile faces. Nevertheless, if he makes a similar motion in the future, Mr. Stile ...

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