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United States of America v. John M. Hardimon

IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS


November 13, 2012

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, PLAINTIFF,
v.
JOHN M. HARDIMON, DEFENDANT.

The opinion of the court was delivered by: Reagan, District Judge:

ORDER REGARDING TRANSCRIPT OF DISPOSITION

In March 2011, the undersigned Judge sentenced John Hardimon following his guilty plea to charges of health care fraud and money laundering. A transcript of the disposition (sentencing) hearing was prepared in July 2011 (see Doc. 87). A year later, an inmate at a federal correctional facility in Arkansas sought to obtain a copy of the Hardimon sentencing transcript at Government expense. The undersigned Judge denied that request, but shortly thereafter Defendant Hardimon moved to seal the sentencing transcript, having realized that it contains a significant amount of confidential medical information concerning not only Hardimon's own mental health treatment and history but also the names and medical information of many of Dr. Hardimon's former patients.

The Court denied the motion to seal the entire transcript but allowed Hardimon to file a renewed motion identifying the sections of the transcript which need to be sealed (or redacted) to prevent disclosure of confidential medical information.

Hardimon's counsel did so on November 9, 2012. Plaintiff United States of America, who had lodged an objection to sealing the entire sentencing transcript, has no objection to Hardimon's motion asking to seal portions of the transcript.

Finding good cause, the Court GRANTS Defendant's Second Motion to Seal Transcript (Doc. 127) as follows. The prior release of the transcript restriction is RESCINDED. The Clerk's Office SHALL re-set the restriction on the original transcript of sentencing/disposition (Doc. 87). The Court Reporter shall prepare and file a redacted transcript, using the line and page numbers identified in Doc. 127. The redacted transcript shall be unrestricted. A copy of this Order shall be provided to the Court Reporter.

IT IS SO ORDERED.

Michael J. Reagan United States District Judge

20121113

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