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United States of America v. Cynthia Denise Lewis

IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA


August 30, 2012

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,
PLAINTIFF,
v.
CYNTHIA DENISE LEWIS,
DEFENDANT.

The opinion of the court was delivered by: Lawrence J. O'Neill United States District Judge

ORDER BETWEEN THE UNITED STIPULATION AND PROTECTIVE STATES AND DEFENDANT

WHEREAS, the discovery in this case is voluminous and contains a large amount of personal and confidential information including but not limited to Social Security numbers and tax return information, and other personal identifiers ("Protected Information"); and

WHEREAS, the parties desire to avoid both the necessity of large scale redactions and the unauthorized disclosure or dissemination of this information to anyone not a party to the court proceedings in this matter;

The parties agree that entry of a stipulated protective order is appropriate.

THEREFORE, Defendant Cynthia Denise Lewis ("Defendant"), by and through her counsel of record ("Defense Counsel"), and the United States of America, by and through Assistant United States Attorney Grant B. Rabenn, hereby agree and stipulate as follows:

1. This Court may enter a protective order pursuant to Rule 16(d) of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure, and its general supervisory authority.

2. This Order pertains to all discovery provided to or made available to Defense Counsel as part of discovery in this case (hereafter, collectively known as "the discovery").

3. By signing this Stipulation and Protective Order, Defense Counsel agrees not to share any documents that contain Protected Information with anyone other than Defense Counsel attorneys, designated defense investigators, and support staff. Defense Counsel may permit Defendant to view unredacted documents in the presence of her attorney, defense investigators, and support staff. The parties agree that Defense Counsel, defense investigators, and support staff shall not allow Defendant to copy Protected Information contained in the discovery. The parties agree that Defense Counsel, defense investigators, and support staff may provide Defendant with copies of documents from which Protected Information has been redacted.

4. The discovery and information therein may be used only in connection with the litigation of this case and for no other purpose. The discovery is now and will forever remain the property of the United States of America ("Government"). Defense Counsel will return the discovery to the Government or certify that it has been shredded at the conclusion of the case.

5. Defense Counsel will store the discovery in a secure place and will use reasonable care to ensure that it is not disclosed to third persons in violation of this agreement.

6. Defense Counsel shall be responsible for advising Defendant, employees, and other members of the defense team, and defense witnesses of the contents of this Stipulation and Order.

7. In the event that Defendant substitutes counsel, undersigned Defense Counsel agrees to withhold discovery from new counsel unless and until substituted counsel agrees also to be bound by this Order.

8. Defense Counsel reserves the right to later seek to have the terms of this Order modified or revoked. Defense Counsel agrees to return the discovery to the Government in its complete form if the terms of this Order are modified or revoked if so requested by the United States.

IT IS SO STIPULATED.

DATED: August 30, 2012 BENJAMIN B. WAGNER United States Attorney By: /s/ Grant B. Rabenn GRANT B. RABENN Assistant U.S. Attorney DATED: August 30, 2012 By: /s/ Karen L. Lynch KAREN L. LYNCH Attorney for Defendant By: /s/ Cynthia Denise Lewis CYNTHIA DENISE LEWIS Defendant

IT IS SO ORDERED.

20120830

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