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United States v. Burns

United States District Court, N.D. California

March 7, 2017

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Plaintiff,
v.
CHARLES BURNS, Defendant.

          PRETRIAL ORDER

          CHARLES R. BREYER United States District Judge

         The Court provides the following guidance to the parties in anticipation of the upcoming trial in this matter.

         JURY INSTRUCTIONS

         Jury instructions §1.01 through §1.11, §3.01 through §3.08 and §7.01 through §7.05 from the Manual of Model Jury Instructions for the Ninth Circuit (1995) will be given absent objection. Counsel shall jointly submit one set of additional proposed jury instructions, ordered in a logical sequence, together with a table of contents, using the Ninth Circuit Manual where possible, or Devitt and Blackmar or CALJIC, by March 20, 2017. Any instructions on which counsel cannot agree shall be marked as "disputed, " and shall be included within the jointly submitted instructions and accompanying table of contents, in the place where the party proposing the instruction believes it should be given. Argument and authority for and against each disputed instruction shall be included as part of the joint submission, on separate sheets directly following the disputed instruction. Counsel for the United States shall submit a verdict form. The attached voir dire will be given to the venire members. Counsel should submit an agreed upon set of additional requested voir dire questions to be posed by the Court. Any voir dire questions on which counsel cannot agree shall be submitted separately. Counsel will be allowed brief follow-up voir dire after the Court's questioning.

         By March 20, 2017, the proposed jury instructions, witness list, exhibit list, proposed verdict forms and proposed voir dire shall be submitted (A) on a CD in WordPerfect 10.0 format, (B) in Judge Breyer's proposed order email address in WordPerfect format, as well as (C) in hard copies. The defendant will file their witness and exhibit lists no later than March 24, 2017. All hard-copy submissions should be three-hole punched on the left, so that the chambers' copy can be put in binders.

         JURY SELECTION

         The Jury Commissioner will summon 45 to 65 prospective jurors. The Courtroom Deputy will seat them in the courtroom in the order in which their names are called.

         Voir dire will be asked of all the venire persons so that twelve (plus a sufficient number for alternates) will remain after all preemptory challenges and an anticipated number of hardship dismissals and cause challenges have been made.

         The Court will then take cause challenges, and discuss hardship claims from the individual jurors, at side bar. The Court will inform the attorneys which hardship claims and cause challenges will be granted, but will not announce those dismissals until the process is completed. Preemptory challenges will be made in writing and passed between counsel in accordance with Crim L.R. 24-2 and 24-3. The Court will strike the persons with meritorious hardships, those excused for cause, and those challenged preemptorily, and call the first twelve people (plus alternates) in numerical sequence remaining. Those twelve people will be the jury.

         Jurors may take notes. Steno notebooks will be distributed at the beginning of each trial. The pads will remain in the jury room at the end of each day. Jurors will be instructed on the use of notes both in the preliminary and final jury instructions.

         EXHIBITS

         Counsel must meet and confer in person over all exhibit numbers and objections and to weed out duplicate exhibits. Please be reasonable.

         Use numbers only, not letters, for exhibits, preferably the same numbers as were used in depositions. Blocks of numbers should be assigned to fit the need of the case (e.g., Plaintiff has 1 to 100, Defendant A has 101 to 200, Defendant B has 201 to 300, etc.). A single exhibit should be marked only once. If the plaintiff has marked an exhibit, then the defendant should not re-mark it. Different versions of the same document, e.g., a copy with additional handwriting, must be treated as different exhibits. To avoid any party claiming “ownership” of an exhibit, all exhibits shall be marked and referred to as “Trial Exhibit No. ___, ” not as “Plaintiff's Exhibit” or “Defendant's Exhibit.” If an exhibit number differs from that used in a deposition transcript, however, then the latter must be conformed to the new trial number if and when ...


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