UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT NORTHERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK
July 20, 2006
MOHAMMED POQUEE, PETITIONER,
R. ERCOLE, SUPERINTENDENT, RESPONDENT.
The opinion of the court was delivered by: David R. Homer U.S. Magistrate Judge
Presently pending is the motion of respondent to file his memorandum of law, declaration in opposition, and any other materials in the above-captioned case under seal in accordance with N.Y. Civ. Rights Law § 50-b. Docket Nos. 8, 9. From the supporting declaration, it appears that the basis for the motion is the protection of the identity of the victim of the sex crimes for which petitioner was convicted and which he challenges in this action. It further appears, however, that the identity of the victim was publicly disclosed during the state court trial of the criminal charges as that identity is contained in the transcripts of that trial, which transcripts respondent now seeks to seal in this proceeding. Finding that the victim's identity has already been disclosed publicly by the very records sought to be sealed herein, concluding that what has already been publicly disclosed cannot thereafter be undone, and in light of the strong interests against sealing documents absent compelling reasons, it is hereby ORDERED that respondent's motion for an order sealing his responding papers in the above-captioned case (Docket Nos. 8, 9) is DENIED.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
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