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United States v. Barker

filed: March 9, 1993.

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, PLAINTIFF-APPELLEE,
v.
GREGORY RICHARD BARKER, DEFENDANT-APPELLANT.



Appeal from the United States District Court for the District of Nevada. D.C. No. CR-S-84-292-PMP (LRI). Philip M. Pro, District Judge, Presiding.

Before: William A. Norris, Robert R. Beezer, and Andrew J. Kleinfeld, Jr., Circuit Judges. Opinion by Judge Beezer.

Author: Beezer

BEEZER, Circuit Judge:

Defendant Gregory Richard Barker appeals his convictions on three counts of bank robbery under 18 U.S.C. § 2113(a) (1992). He claims that the prosecutor acted improperly in having a prosecution witness view a photo of a lineup after Barker had been indicted when Barker's counsel was not present and when Barker was not given notice of the identification before trial. He also asserts that the district court abused its discretion in allowing the audio playback of testimony during jury deliberations. We affirm.

I

Barker contends that the district court should have granted his motion for a mistrial on the ground that his Sixth Amendment rights were violated when a prosecution witness, Tomory, was shown a photograph of a lineup and made a positive identification of Barker. The post-indictment identification occurred when neither Barker nor his attorney were present and had no notice that the identification might occur. Tomory had been unable to pick Barker out of a live lineup previously.

The district court's denial of the motion for a mistrial is reviewed for abuse of discretion. United States v. Homick, 964 F.2d 899, 906 (9th Cir. 1992).

The Sixth Amendment gives defendants the right to have counsel present at post-indictment lineups. United States v. Wade, 388 U.S. 218, 18 L. Ed. 2d 1149 , 87 S. Ct. 1926 (1967). The Supreme Court in United States v. Ash, 413 U.S. 300, 37 L. Ed. 2d 619 , 93 S. Ct. 2568 (1973), however, held that a defendant has no Sixth Amendment right to have counsel present when a witness views a photograph. Id. at 321.

This case is a hybrid: it involves a photograph of a lineup. The fact that the lineup is depicted in the photograph, though, does not call into question the reasoning behind the decision in Ash. Counsel must be present where there is a potential "that the accused might be misled by his lack of familiarity with the law or overpowered by his professional adversary," or where counsel would "produce equality in a trial-like adversary confrontation." Id. at 317. Here, as in Ash, the defendant is not present when the photograph of the lineup is shown and thus cannot be "misled" or "overpowered," and the "adversary mechanism remains as effective for a photographic display as for other parts of pretrial interviews" whether the photos concerned are of a lineup or an array of suspects. Id. at 318; see also United States v. Amrine, 724 F.2d 84 (8th Cir. 1983) (defendant had no right to have counsel present when witnesses were shown a videotape of a lineup). We conclude that a defendant has no right to have counsel present when a witness is shown a photograph of a lineup.

II

Aside from the constitutional right to counsel claims, Barker asserts that the prosecutor had a duty to divulge the fact of the identification under Brady v. Maryland, 373 U.S. 83, 10 L. Ed. 2d 215 , 83 S. Ct. 1194 (1963), Giglio v. United States, 405 U.S. 150, 31 L. Ed. 2d 104 , 92 S. Ct. 763 (1972), and the Jencks Act, 18 U.S.C. § 3500 (1992), as set out in the discovery agreement between the prosecutor and the defense.

Under Brady v. Maryland, 373 U.S. 83, 10 L. Ed. 2d 215 , 83 S. Ct. 1194 (1963), "the suppression by the prosecution of evidence favorable to an accused upon request violates due process where the evidence is material either to guilt or to punishment, irrespective of the good faith or bad faith of the prosecution." Id. at 87. By its own terms, Brady only applies to evidence "favorable to an accused." A prosecutor has no duty under Brady to inform the defendant that a witness who had earlier failed to pick the defendant out of a lineup later identified the defendant as the perpetrator because that evidence is not "favorable to an accused."

Barker cites, too, the cases holding that the prosecutor must disclose impeachment evidence. See, e.g., Giglio v. United States, 405 U.S. 150, 154, 31 L. Ed. 2d 104 , 92 S. Ct. 763 (1972) ("When the 'reliability of a given witness may well be determinative of guilt or innocence,' nondisclosure of evidence affecting credibility falls within this general rule." (citation omitted)). Again, though Tomory's testimony may have been "determinative of guilt or innocence," a positive identification of the defendant is hardly useful to impeach Tomory. The purpose of the Giglio line of cases is to make clear that the duty imposed on the prosecution in Brady extends not only to exculpatory information about the defendant but also to information about witnesses which would undermine the government's case. Giglio does not give the defendant the right to know about information which would help solidify the government's case. Tomory's prior failure to identify the defendant was useful to impeach his subsequent identification, and was used that way at trial.

Barker also relies on the provisions of the Jencks Act to support his contention that the successful identification should have been disclosed to the defense. However, the Jencks Act requires only that a witness' statement be "subject to . . . discovery following the witness' testimony on direct examination." United States v. Burke, 506 F.2d 1165, 1168 (9th Cir. 1974), cert. denied, 421 U.S. 915, 43 L. Ed. 2d 781 , 95 S. Ct. 1576 (1975); 18 U.S.C. ยง 3500 (a) (1992). There is ...


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