MELINDA HAAG, United States Attorney, MIRANDA KANE, Chief, Criminal Division, THOMAS M. NEWMAN, Assistant United States Attorney, San Francisco, California, Attorneys for Plaintiff.
ERICK GUZMAN, Attorney for Defendant Starkisha Benson.
DONNA M. RYU, Magistrate Judge.
The parties stipulate as follows:
1. Defendant Starkisha Benson was charged with committing fraud related to access devices in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1029.
2. The discovery in this matter contains, among other things, significant amounts of private financial information about numerous individuals, as well as confidential tax return and taxpayer return information within the meaning of Title 26, United States Code, Section 6103(b). Disclosure of such tax return and taxpayer information is governed by Title 26, United States Code, Section 6103(a), which mandates that returns and return information shall be confidential, except as authorized by Section 6103. Section 6103(h)(4)(D) permits disclosure to the Defendants of such tax return and taxpayer information in accord with Rule 16 of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure, but further disclosure of this tax return and taxpayer return information by the Defendant and his or her attorney is restricted by Section 6103.
3. The government intends to provide defense counsel with other individuals' private financial information, tax return and taxpayer return information as part of this case, that will likely will be disclosed to the Defendant.
4. The parties agree that the discovery will be provided subject to the following conditions:
A. Pursuant to Rule 16(d)(1) of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure and 28 U.S.C. § 1651, unauthorized disclosure of discovery material and information contained therein to nonlitigants is prohibited under the following provisions (when the term "defendant" is used, said term encompasses an attorney for the defendant):
i. All materials provided as discovery which were produced by the government in preparation for or in connection with any stage of the proceedings in this case, including, but not limited to, investigators or agency reports, grand jury transcripts, witness statements, memoranda of interview, audio and video tapes, tax returns, correspondence with the Internal Revenue Service, internal books and records of a witness's business, and any documents provided by the government other than trial exhibits (i.e., items actually admitted during the trial and made part of the records), remains the property of the United States. All such materials and all copies made thereof shall be returned to the United States Attorney's Office, Tax Division unless otherwise ordered by the Court or agreed upon by the parties, at the occurrence of the last of the following:
- the completion of all appeals, habeas corpus proceedings, clemency or pardon proceedings, or other post-conviction proceedings;
- the conclusion of the sentencing hearing; or
- the earlier resolution of charges against the defendant.
B. Such materials provided by the United States may be utilized by the defendant solely in connection with the defense of this case and for no other purpose ...