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Ford v. Caddo Parish District Attorney's Office

United States District Court, W.D. Louisiana, Shreveport Division

April 13, 2015

GLENN FORD,
v.
CADDO PARISH DISTRICT ATTORNEY'S OFFICE, ET AL

ORDER

KAREN L. HAYES, Magistrate Judge.

On March 31, 2015, the court granted the City of Shreveport's motion for leave to conduct expedited discovery for inmate records, and ordered the State of Louisiana, Department of Corrections, to produce to counsel for the City of Shreveport the following records,

a) any inmate file maintained regarding Mr. Ford;
b) any "kite" communications concerning Mr. Ford;
c) any administrative relief request documents regarding Mr. Ford;
d) any medical/mental health records file maintained regarding Mr. Ford; and
e) any disciplinary records regarding Mr. Ford.

See doc. #s 15 & 27.

This morning, the court received correspondence from Mr. Joseph Woodley, counsel for the City of Shreveport, stating that he had received a four inch-high stack of responsive documents from the State, including a subset of documents marked "confidential." Counsel attached the "confidential" documents to his letter for the court's in camera review.

State law provides that

[w]henever records covered by this Section are subpoenaed, the records shall be submitted to the appropriate court for a ruling as to whether the information should be turned over to the party who caused the subpoena to be issued. The court shall make this determination in camera. Should the court find:
(a) That the information is not relevant to the proceedings, or
(b) That the information was derived from communications which were obviously made in the confidence that they would not be disclosed, or
(c) That confidentiality is essential to future useful relations between the source and the recorder of the information, ...

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