Supposedly the judge sent a letter to the ISP in response but they do not have a copy and the clerk will not send us a copy without our name and payment for copies.Correct. However, being what appears to be a small local court, it should still have an affect on the clerk. If the clerk properly refused to file it, I'd still have the letter that I had handed her. The OP gave the impression (to me) that he is afraid that the clerk will personally "gossip." I would indeed personally tell the clerk to maintain confidence.The court file is a public record. Cover letters are not ordinarily made part of the court file. A letter to the clerk saying, "Don't let people know who I am" is not a proper pleading.
Wouldn't the content of the court file still lack the true name of John Doe? I wasn't thinking I'd need to seal it. I was responding to concerns about the clerk gossiping.If you want the content of a court file kept secret, you need to bring (and prevail in) a motion to seal the record.
I'm not at all trying to be argumentative. There are just parts, such as the judge writing a letter to the ISP (??) which doesn't seem to be in the file, and concerns about small town gossip which I was trying to clarify.