UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
October 3, 2012
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,
MELODI FAE HARRIS, DEFENDANT.
TRIAL CONFIRMATION ORDER
The trial in the above-captioned case, scheduled to commence on November 5, 2012, at 9:00 a.m., was confirmed at the trial confirmation hearing held on October 3, 2012. In preparation for the upcoming trial, the court hereby ORDERS:
I. TRIAL BRIEFS AND STATEMENT OF THE CASE
No later than October 29, 2012, the parties may file trial briefs and the government shall file a statement of the case with the court. In their trial briefs, the parties shall include a summary of points of law, including reasonably anticipated disputes concerning admissibility of evidence, legal arguments, any other information the parties believe is relevant, and citations of authority in support thereof. In lieu of a statement of the case, the parties may file a joint proposed jury instruction that can be read to the jury in advance of voir dire that explains the nature of the case.
II. PROPOSED JURY INSTRUCTIONS
Counsel are informed that the court has prepared a standard set of standard jury instructions. In general, they cover all aspects of the trial except those relating to the charges contained in the charging document. Accordingly, counsel need not prepare instructions concerning matters within the scope of the prepared instructions. A copy of the prepared instructions has been provided to the parties following the trial confirmation hearing. Counsel are further directed that their specific proposed jury instructions shall be filed no later than October 29, 2012. As to any instructions counsel desire to offer, the proposing party shall also submit a sanitized copy in either WordPerfect or Microsoft Word format via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
III. PROPOSED VOIR DIRE QUESTIONS AND VERDICT FORM
The parties may file proposed voir dire questions no later than October 29, 2012. In addition, the government shall file a proposed verdict form. Any proposed voir dire questions and the proposed verdict form shall also be submitted in either WordPerfect or Microsoft Word format via email to: email@example.com.
IV. MOTIONS IN LIMINE
The parties shall file with the court motions in limine, if any, no later than October 15, 2012. The parties are required to meet and confer before filing a motion to determine if agreement can be reached or the scope of a motion narrowed before filing. Any motion filed shall contain a plain, concise summary of any reasonably anticipated disputes concerning admissibility of evidence, including but not limited to, live and deposition testimony, physical and demonstrative evidence and the use of special technology at trial, including computer animation, video discs, and other technology. Any opposition briefs to the motions in limine shall be filed no later than October 22, 2012. The court will advise the parties which motions it will resolve before trial after argument on October 31, 2012 at 9:00 a.m.
V. EXHIBIT LIST AND WITNESS LIST
The government shall, and the defendant may, file exhibit and witness lists no later than October 29, 2012. Exhibit lists shall also be submitted in WordPerfect or Microsoft Word format via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
All exhibits should be pre-marked with exhibit stickers provided by the court. The government's exhibits shall be numbered. Should the defendant elect to introduce exhibits at trial, such exhibits shall be designated by alphabetical letter. The parties may obtain exhibit stickers by contacting the clerk's office at (916) 930-4000.
Counsel also is referred to the additional information available at the court's on-line calendar page, by accessing the link titled " More Calendaring Information."
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