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United States v. Wittenberg

United States District Court, Ninth Circuit

August 23, 2013

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Plaintiff,
v.
ISAAC A. WITTENBERG, Defendant.

PROTECTIVE ORDER

ROBERT J. BRYAN, District Judge.

This matter, having come to the Court's attention on the motion of the parties for entry of a discovery protective order, and the Court, having considered the motion, and being fully advised in this matter, hereby enters the following PROTECTIVE ORDER:

1. Protected Material.

The following documents and materials are deemed Protected Material:

i. Grand Jury transcripts and exhibits;

ii. Certain witness statements, including but not limited to reports of law enforcement officers memorializing witness statements, as designated by the government; and

iii. Certain personal information related to victims and/or witnesses, as designated by the government, and certain documents containing any statements and/or documents containing personal information related to any victims and/or witnesses, as designated by the government. As used in this Order, the term "personal information" refers to each victim and/or witnesses' date of birth, Social Security number (or other identification information), driver's license number, address, telephone number, location of residence or employment, school records, juvenile criminal records, and other confidential information.

The United States will make available copies of the Protected Material, including those filed under seal, to defense counsel to comply with the government's discovery obligations. Possession of copies of the Protected Material is limited to the attorneys of record, and investigators, paralegals, law clerks, experts and assistants for the attorneys of record (hereinafter collectively referred to as "members of the defense team"):

The attorneys of record and members of the defense team may share and review the Protected Material with the Defendants. The attorneys of record and members of the defense team acknowledge that providing copies of the Protected Material to the Defendant and other persons is prohibited, and agree not to duplicate or provide copies of the Protected Material to the Defendant and other persons. The exception to this prohibition is the dissemination of electronic copies to the Federal Detention Center at Seatac, Washington, for use in a controlled environment by Defendant, who is currently in custody there. The United States Attorney's Office for the Western District of Washington is prohibited from providing copies of the Protected Material to non-law enforcement witnesses or potential witnesses.

Any violation of these prohibitions constitutes a violation of the Protective Order. Further, the attorneys of record are required, prior to disseminating any copies of the Protected Materials to members of the defense team, to provide a copy of this Protective Order to members of the defense team, and obtain written consent by members of the defense team of their acknowledgment to be bound by the terms and conditions of this Protective Order. The written consent need not be disclosed or produced to the United States unless requested by the Assistant United States Attorney and ordered by the Court.

Nothing in this order should be construed as imposing any discovery obligations on the government that are different from those imposed by case law and Rule 16 of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure.

2. Filing

Any Protected Material that is filed with the Court in connection with pre-trial motions, trial, or other matter before this Court, shall be filed under seal and shall remain sealed until otherwise ordered by this Court. This does not entitle either party to seal their filings as a matter of course. The parties are required to comply in all respects to the relevant local and federal rules of criminal procedure pertaining to the sealing of court documents.

3. Nontermination

The provisions of this Order shall not terminate at the conclusion of this prosecution.

4. Violation of Any Terms of this Order

Any violation of any term or condition of this Order by the Defendant, his attorneys of record, any member of the defense teams, or any attorney for the United States Attorney's Office for the Western District of Washington, may be held in contempt of court, and/or may be subject to monetary or other sanctions as deemed appropriate by this Court.

If the Defendant violates any term or condition of this Order, the United States reserves its right to seek a sentencing enhancement for obstruction of justice, or to file any criminal charges relating to the defendant's violation.

5. Right to Review

The parties agree that in the event that compliance with this Order makes it difficult for defense counsel to adhere to their Sixth Amendment obligations, or otherwise imposes an unworkable burden on counsel, defense counsel shall bring any concerns about the terms of the Order to the attention of the government. The parties shall then meet and confer with the intention of finding a mutually acceptable solution. In the event that the parties cannot reach such a solution, defense counsel shall have the right to bring any concerns about the scope or terms of the Order to the attention of the Court.

The Clerk of the Court is directed to provide a filed copy of this Protective Order to all counsel of record.


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