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United States v. Pantoja-Infante

United States District Court, Ninth Circuit

April 30, 2013

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Plaintiff,
v.
MARCOS PANTOJA-INFANTE, Defendant.

BENJAMIN B. WAGNER, United States Attorney, TODD D. LERAS, Assistant U.S. Attorney, Sacramento, California.

[PROPOSED] ORDER FOLLOWING HEARING ON DEFENDANT'S MOTION FOR DISCOVERY

EDMUND F. BRENNAN, Magistrate Judge.

This matter came before the Court for a hearing on Defendant Marcos Pantoja-Infante's Motion for Discovery on April 18, 2013. Plaintiff United States of America was represented by Todd D. Leras, Assistant United States Attorney. Defendant appeared with his counsel, Attorney Preciliano Martinez.

The parties argued the matter, addressing each of the twenty-eight items listed in the discovery motion. The government represented that it has already complied, or intends to continue to comply in advance of trial, with its discovery obligations under Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure 16(a) and 26.2, Brady v. Maryland , 373 U.S. 83 (1963), Giglio v. United States , 405 U.S. 150 (1972), and United States v. Henthorn , 931 F.2d 29 (9th Cir. 1991). The parties also agreed, in order to avoid unnecessary delay during the course of the trial, to production of materials covered by the Jencks Act, 18 U.S.C. ยง 3500, fourteen days prior to commencement of the jury trial in this matter.

Based on those representations and further argument of the matter, the Court ruled as follows:

Items 1, 3, 5, and 6 - Based on the government's representations regarding compliance with Rule 16 of the FRCP, the requests are moot;

Item 2 - The government agreed to provide an updated copy of defendant's criminal history;

Items 4 and 10 - Defendant withdrew the request for these items, conceding that there was no statutory or case authority supporting their production;

Items 7 and 19 - Based on the absence of statutory or case authority supporting discovery of the requested items, the requests are denied;

Items 8, 9, 11, 12, 13, 14, 17, 18, 20, 21, 22, 24, 25, 26 - To the extent that these requests are covered by the Jencks Act and/or Rule 404(b) of the Federal Rules of Evidence, they are subject to disclosure by agreement of the parties fourteen days in advance of trial;

Item 15 - Defendant's request for in camera inspection of the government's files for potential Brady materials is denied;

Item 16 - Defendant's request for disclosure of the identity of any confidential reliable informants is denied;

Items 23, 27, and 28 - Based on the government's representation regarding compliance with its obligations under Henthorn, the requests are moot.

The Court directed that the government prepare this formal order consistent with its rulings as to the various items requested in the discovery motion.

IT IS SO ORDERED.


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