Update on Discovery Hearing
The first actual hearing on discovery in the tax evasion case was held on Thursday, March 26, 2015. I spoke with an individual who attended the hearing, and here is what I gleaned from that conversation:
- The hearing was mostly about discovery of the Master File Source Code, which the judge denied, at this stage of the proceedings;
- The judge left the door open to additional specific discovery requests based on the discovery which the Defense has already received, including those items provided by the Government at the hearing;
- The Government provided some additional items of discovery;
- The Government offered to set up an appointment with the Defense to go over all the discovery which it has already provided, in order to help the Defense locate specific items which the Defense claims not to have received; and
- A status hearing was scheduled for May 29, 2015.
I have combined the last four discovery briefs of both the Government and the Defense into a single file, a total of 119 pages. The Government actually included a copy of some of the materials on this website in its latest brief with the court.
In its last brief, the Government included, as an Exhibit, a picture of this very website and informed the Court that many of us were watching this case very closely.
The Sixth Amendment reads, in part: “In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial.” In today’s electronic world, many people choose to follow such “public trials” via the Internet. I shall do my best to keep you informed of the proceedings in this trial, as it appears to be following a course of events which I have never seen before in any criminal tax prosecution.
The briefs are available directly from the court for electronic download if you have a PACER account. I think the rate is 10 cents per page.