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United States of America v. Lonnie G. Vernon

April 11, 2011

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
PLAINTIFF,
v.
LONNIE G. VERNON, KAREN L. VERNON,
DEFENDANTS.



The opinion of the court was delivered by: John D. Roberts United States Magistrate Judge

ORDER

REGARDING and DISCOVERY and PRE-TRIAL MOTION DEADLINES

This criminal case charges two defendants with Conspiracy to Murder Federal Officials in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1117; Threatening Murder of Family Member of United States Judge in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 115(a)(1)(A) and 115(b)(4); Threatening Murder of United States Judge in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 115(a)(1)(B) and (b)(4); Conspiracy to Possess Unregistered Firearm and Destructive Device in violation of 8 U.S.C. § 371; Possession of Silencer in violation of 26 U.S.C. § 5861(d) and 5871; Possession of Unregistered Machine Gun in violation of 26 U.S.C. § 5861(d) and 5871; Possession of Machine Gun in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 922(o) and 924(a)(4); Silenced Firearm Used in Furtherance of a Crime of Violence in violation of 924(c)(1)(A)(I) and 924(c)(1)(B)(ii). The case has been declared complex by the trial judge. See Docket 49. At a status hearing held before Judge Bryan, trial in this case was set for March 12, 2012.

It is the purpose of this order to set a time table for the government's production of designated categories of discovery so further litigation will not be needed. It is the intent of the Court to avoid unnecessary allocation of Criminal Justice Act (CJA) resources to the organization of discovery when it has already been undertaken by the government and to avoid unnecessary delay in the production of discovery. The parties should continue to work together to provide available discovery to the defense expeditiously and economically. The defendants should avoid filing boiler plate discovery motions where the matter can be resolved by meeting and conferring with the government attorney.

This Discovery Plan and Pretrial Motion Schedule is binding on all counsel in this case unless otherwise ordered. This order is not subject to amendment by the parties without Court approval.

The deadlines set below present the latest dates on which the government has to produce evidence relevant to that category. In the spirit of continued cooperation the Court expects the government to provide discovery prior to those dates when feasible. Because of the volume of discovery related to this case, the parties propose and the court accepts a tiered discovery plan that provides several deadlines. All discovery documents produced by the government will be bates stamped. The government will keep a list of discovery provided to the defendants and the date it was produced.

Discovery and Inspection Plan

(1) Defendant's oral, written or recorded statements as described in Fed. R. Crim. P. 16 (a)(1)(A) and (B) shall be disclosed by the government on or before May 9, 2011.

(2) Defendant's prior record as described in Fed. R. Crim. P. 16(a)(1)(D) shall be disclosed by the government on or before May 9, 2011.

(3) All documents and tangible objects will be produced in the following stages:

(A) The defense will provide the government with a blank hard drive onto which digital copies of documents and tangible objects such as audio recordings and computer records will be copied.

(B) Copies of all audio tapes and files in the government's possession will be provided to each defendant by the government on or before June 21, 2011.

(C) Digital copies of evidence collected during the search, if any, of defendants Lonnie Vernon and Karen Vernon's residences and vehicles will be produced by the government by June 21, 2011.

(D) All evidence located on computers searched by the government will be copied and produced by the ...


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