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United States v. Geanakos

United States District Court, E.D. California

August 5, 2016

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Plaintiff,
v.
Christopher Sean Geanakos, Defendant.

          TRIAL CONFIRMATION ORDER

          GARLAND E. BURRELL, JR. SENIOR UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE.

         Trial in the above-captioned case, scheduled to commence at 9:00 AM on September 6, 2016, was confirmed at the hearing held on August 5, 2016.

         EVIDENTIARY DISPUTES

         All evidentiary disputes capable of being resolved by in limine motions shall be set forth in such motions no later than August 19, 2016. Oppositions to the motions or statements of non-opposition shall be filed no later than August 26, 2016. Hearing on the motions will commence at September 2, 2016 at 9:00 AM.

         Any reasonably anticipated dispute concerning the admissibility of evidence that is not briefed in an in limine motion shall be included in trial briefs. E.D. Cal. R. 285(a)(3).

         TRIAL PREPARATION

         A. No later than August 30, 2016, the following documents shall be filed:[1]

         (1) proposed jury instructions and a proposed verdict form;

         (2) proposed voir dire questions to be asked by the Court;

         (3) trial briefs; and

         (4) a joint statement or joint proposed jury instruction that can be read to the jury during voir dire that explains the nature of the case.

         B. The government’s exhibits shall be numbered with stickers. Should the defendant elect to introduce exhibits at trial, such exhibits shall be designated by alphabetical letter with stickers. The parties may obtain exhibit stickers from the Clerk’s Office.

         C. The parties estimate it will take approximately 5 court days to try the case, which includes closing arguments. Each side indicated 20 minutes is sufficient for voir dire, which may be used after the judge completes judicial voir dire. Two alternate jurors will be empaneled.

         The “struck jury” system will be used to select the jury. The struck jury system is “designed to allow both the prosecution and the defense a maximum number of peremptory challenges. The venire . . . start[s] with about 3[6] potential jurors, from which the defense and the prosecution alternate[] with strikes until a petite panel of 12 jurors remain[s].” Powers v Ohio, 499 U.S. 400, 404-05 (1991); see also U ...


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