United States District Court, N.D. Illinois, Eastern Division
November 9, 2005.
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Plaintiff,
RONALD LASSERE, Defendant.
The opinion of the court was delivered by: MILTON SHADUR, Senior District Judge
Ronald Dunlap-Lassere ("Dunlap-Lassere") has submitted a letter
seeking to have his arrest record in this 20-year-old case
"expunged, sealed, and/or assigned to a new Judge." That request
has been pending for a regrettably long period first because of
some delay in the Clerk's Office directing the matter to this
Court, then because considerable time had to be spent in an
effort (ultimately unsuccessful) to locate the underlying file,
and finally in the time required to obtain a response by an
Assistant United States Attorney to whom the matter was referred
As it turns out, however, the delay has not prejudiced
Dunlap-Lassere because he is not entitled to the relief he seeks.
Even though he (charged in the 1982 indictment as "Ronald
Lassere") was found not guilty following a jury trial, the
uniform caselaw in this Circuit confirms that this Court is
without jurisdiction to order such expunction (see United States
v. Flowers, 389 F.3d 737, 738-39 (7th Cir. 2004), United
States v. Janek, 10 F.3d 470, 471-72 (7th Cir. 1993) and Scruggs
v. United States, 929 F.2d 305, 305-07 (7th Cir. 1991)).
In some sense the principle just announced is the legal
equivalent of Stanza 71 of the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam. Though
it may well be true that the existence of the 1982 record
"hinders him from obtaining both employment in the financial
services industry and requisite professional licenses," the best
that he can look to is to follow the final suggestion in the
government's response of "providing prospective employers or
licensing organizations with a certified copy of the disposition
and termination of his case, or with a copy of the very document
that Mr. Lassere has submitted along with his letter to the
court." In any event, Dunlap-Lassere's request must be and is
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