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United States of America v. Abel Rubio-Lara

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA SAN FRANCISCO DIVISION


September 20, 2011

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,
PLAINTIFF,
v.
ABEL RUBIO-LARA, DEFENDANT.

The opinion of the court was delivered by: Hon. Thelton E. Henderson United States District Court JudgeI

STIPULATION CONCERNING PROCEDURE FOR HENTHORN COMPLIANCE AS TO POTENTIAL CHP WITNESS AND [PROPOSED] ORDER

The parties respectfully stipulate as follows:

1. The United States may call as a witness at trial an employee of the California Highway Patrol (CHP), Officer Charles Bowers. The defense has moved to exclude his testimony. The Court has set a motions hearing to consider arguments on the motion.

To comply with its obligations under United States v. Henthorn, 931 F.2d 29 (9th Cir.1991), the United States sought information from the California Highway Patrol regarding CHP Officer Charles Bowers, in an effort to identity material information that relates to his 28 truthfulness or untruthfulness. California Highway Patrol has advised the United States that it will only disclose such Brady/Giglio information to the Court in camera. See Attached CHP 1 Letter, dated September 9, 2011.

The parties respectfully request that the Court issue the attached proposed order, which would require the Area Office of the CHP to deliver to the Court in a sealed envelope before trial 4 any potential impeachment information in the possession of the Area Office concerning Officer Bowers.

Upon receipt of the requested information from the Area Office of the California Highway Patrol, the parties respectfully request that the Court review the information and 8 disclose to the parties, in advance of trial, any material impeachment information concerning Officer Bowers.

IT IS SO STIPULATED.

DATED: September 20, 2011 RONALD TYLER Assistant Federal Public Defender DATED: September 20, 2011 PATRICIA SPALETTA Special Assistant United States Attorney

Pursuant to stipulation, and for good cause shown, the Court hereby orders as follows: The Area Office of the California Highway Patrol in Redwood City, California shall review its files for potential impeachment information concerning employee Officer Charles Bowers. This information may include, but is not limited to, (a) specific instances of conduct of 6 the employee which might be used for the purpose of attacking the witness's credibility or 7 character for truthfulness; (b) evidence in the form of opinion or reputation as to an employee's 8 character for truthfulness; (c) prior inconsistent statements; or (d) information that may be used 9 to suggest that he may be biased, including any awards and/or incentive payments given or made 10 to the employee for work on the instant case.

The United States shall serve the Order upon the Area Office of the California Highway Patrol, Redwood City, California. Within 48 hours of service of this Order upon the Area Office 13 of the California Highway in Redwood City, California, the California Highway Patrol shall 14 deliver, in a sealed envelope, any potential impeachment information on California Highway Patrol Officer Charles Bowers to the attention of Ms. Tana Ingle, Deputy Clerk for the Honorable Thelton E. Henderson, United States District Court, Clerk's Office, 450 Golden Gate Avenue, 16th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94102. Upon receipt of this information, the Court will review any materials provided to it by the California Highway Patrol. The Court will disclose to the parties, in advance of trial, any 20 impeachment information that meets the materiality requirement established by United States v. 21 Henthorn, 931 F.2d 29 (9th Cir. 1991).

IT IS SO ORDERED.

Henderson Judge Thelton

20110920

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