IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS
December 3, 2007
GERALD WILKINS, INMATE #R-11994, PLAINTIFF,
MARVIN F. POWERS, ET AL., DEFENDANTS.
The opinion of the court was delivered by: Murphy, District Judge
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER
Before the Court is Plaintiff's motion to direct (Doc. 7). Essentially, this motion seeks information about the status of his case. He first asks for a copy of his complaint; this request is GRANTED. He then queries whether his USM-285 forms have been received, and if his motion for pauper status was granted; the answer to each question is YES.
Finally, he asks that the Clerk stamp his mail with "special or legal mail" to be opened only in his presence. However, with minute and irrelevant exceptions all correspondence from a court to a litigant is a public document, which prison personnel could if they want inspect in the court's files. It is therefore not apparent to us why it should be regarded as privileged and how [the plaintiff] could be hurt if the defendant read these documents before or after [the plaintiff] does. Martin v. Brewer, 830 F.2d 76, 78 (7th Cir. 1987). Therefore, his request to mark his mail from the Clerk as "special or legal mail" is DENIED.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
G. Patrick Murphy United States District Judge
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