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United States v. Jones

United States District Court, N.D. Illinois, Eastern Division

May 24, 2017

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
v.
JOSEPH D. JONES and EDWARD SCHIMENTI

          PROTECTIVE ORDER GENERAL AND SENSITIVE DISCOVERY MATERIALS

          ANDREA R. WOOD District Judge

         WHEREAS, the parties agree that they have a compelling interest in preventing certain sensitive discovery materials, to include declassified material[1] (collectively “Sensitive Discovery Materials”), from being disclosed to anyone not a party to the court proceedings in this matter; such material may include information relevant to ongoing national security investigations and prosecutions; and such materials may implicate the privacy interests of the defendant and third parties; AND WHEREAS, the government seeks to tender to the defendants certain Sensitive Discovery Materials;

         AND WHEREAS, the parties further agree that the Court has the power under Fed. R. Crim. P. 16(d)(1) and 26.2 to grant appropriate relief to the parties where required in the interests of justice;

         THEREFORE, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED pursuant to Rule 16(d) of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure that the government shall segregate the discovery materials it produces to the defendants and their counsel of record into two categories: (1) General Discovery Materials, and (2) Sensitive Discovery Materials. The category to which particular discovery materials belong shall be clearly identified by the government;

         IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that, except as provided below, General Discovery Materials shall not be further disseminated[2] by the defendants or their counsel of record to any individuals, organizations or other entities, other than: (i) members of the defense team (co-counsel, paralegals, investigators, translators, litigation support personnel, the defendant, and secretarial staff) and (ii) experts retained to assist in the preparation of the defense. Members of the defense team may show (but not provide copies of) any General Discovery Materials to witnesses or potential witnesses during the course of their investigation of this case. Each of the individuals to whom disclosure is made pursuant to the above provisions shall be provided a copy of this protective order and will be advised that he or she shall not further disseminate the materials except by the express direction of counsel of record or co-counsel;

         IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that Sensitive Discovery Materials shall not be further disseminated by the defendants or their counsel of record to any individuals, organizations or other entities, other than (i) members of the defense team (co-counsel, paralegals, investigators, translators, litigation support personnel, the defendant, and secretarial staff); and (ii) experts retained to assist in the preparation of the defense. Notice of proposed dissemination to defense experts shall be provided to the Court ex parte and under seal. Each of the individuals to whom disclosure is made pursuant to the above provision shall be provided a copy of this protective order and will be advised that he or she shall not further disseminate the materials except by the express direction of counsel of record or co-counsel. The government shall provide copies of any Sensitive Discovery Material appropriately so marked. It is expressly understood that counsel for the defendants may not disseminate any of such Sensitive Discovery Materials to witnesses or potential witnesses. The defendants may seek relief from these provisions as to a particular item or items of discovery by providing notice to the Court of intent to disseminate particular identified item(s) to a witness and the purpose in doing so. The Notice shall be under seal. No disclosure of the item(s) to the witness(es) shall be made until the Court so permits. The Court, after notifying the defense, may consult with the Government regarding any dissemination requests pursuant to this paragraph;

         IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that no General Discovery Material or Sensitive Discovery Material shall be disseminated to any member of the defense team, as defined above, expert witness retained by the defense team, or any duly authorized witness unless that person shall first have signed the Memorandum of Understanding in the form attached hereto, agreeing to comply with the terms of this Order. The signed Memorandum of Understanding shall be filed with the Court under seal. The substitution, departure, or removal for any reason from this case of counsel for the defendants, or anyone associated with either defense team shall not release that person from the provisions of this Order or the Memorandum of Understanding executed in connection with this Order;

         IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that all discovery materials, whether general or sensitive, in this case are now and will forever remain the property of the United States Government. At the conclusion of this case, all discovery materials shall be destroyed or maintained under secure conditions by defense counsel. Upon written request of the Government, all discovery materials shall be returned to the Government;

         IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that defense counsel in receipt of Sensitive Discovery Materials may only make copies of the Sensitive Discovery Materials in accordance with this order. Defense counsel shall not remove from any copies of either General Discovery Materials or Sensitive Discovery Materials any inscription made by the Government identifying the materials as: “U.S. Government Property” and “May Not Be Used Without U.S. Government Permission”;

         IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that all discovery materials are to be provided to the defense, and used by the defense, solely for the purpose of allowing the defendant to prepare his defense;

         IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that no party shall make, or participate in the making of, any extrajudicial disclosure of Sensitive Discovery Materials for dissemination by means of public communication, unless such materials are (or become) public record, including but not limited to, trial transcripts, documents that have been received in evidence at other trials, or documents that are otherwise properly placed in the public domain;

         IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that any papers to be served upon the Court in response to papers served in conformity with the preceding paragraph also be filed under seal;

         IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that counsel shall store all Sensitive Discovery Materials, and any copies thereof, in a secure place;

         IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that nothing in this Order shall preclude the government or the defendants from seeking a further protective order pursuant to Rule 16(d) ...


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