Scofield v. Guillard

Full title: REBECCA SCOFIELD, Plaintiff, v. ASHLEY GUILLARD, Defendant.

Court: United States District Court, District of Idaho

Date published: Apr 26, 2023

Facts

This case arises out of the tragic murder of four University of Idaho students in November 2022. Plaintiff Rebecca Scofield is a professor at the University of Idaho. She alleges that, despite never meeting the students or being involved with their murders in any way, Defendant Ashley Guillard posted sensational TikTok videos falsely claiming that Plaintiff had an inappropriate romantic affair with one of the victims and then ordered the murders. In turn, Plaintiff brings two defamation claims against Defendant – one premised upon false statements regarding Plaintiff’s involvement with the murders themselves, the other premised upon false statements regarding Plaintiff’s romantic relationship with one of the murdered students.

Issue

Decision

Based on the foregoing, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that:

1. Defendant’s Motion to Set Aside Entry of Default (Dkt. 7) is GRANTED;

2. Plaintiff’s Motion for Default Judgment (Dkt. 10) is DENIED AS MOOT.

3. Defendant’s Motion for CM/ECF Access (Dkt. 8) is GRANTED. Defendant is permitted to electronically file and receive materials via the Court’s CM/ECF Program for this action only. The defendant shall follow all applicable procedures for electronic case filing, including but not limited to Local Civil Rule 5.1 and the Court’s Electronic Case Filing Procedures. The defendant shall immediately contact the Clerk’s Office for instructions on how to request a CM/ECF account within the District of Idaho.

4. The plaintiff’s motion to strike (Dkt. 12) is granted. Defendant shall formally respond to Plaintiff’s complaint within 21 days of this Memorandum Decision and Order unless otherwise ordered by the Court.

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