ORDER GRANTING IN PART AND DENYING IN PART DEFENDANT'S MOTION TO COMPEL DISCOVERY
Re: Dkt. No. 136
HOWARD R. LLOYD, Magistrate Judge.
Defendant moves this court for an order compelling the government to produce 9 categories of discovery.
Category 1: Training Materials
As narrowed by defendant,
Category 2: Lawsuit Information
Defendant seeks case information for prior lawsuits against the California Department of Justice arising out of search warrants that agency obtained and executed and which were referenced by (now retired) agent Michael Ortiz during his testimony in a May 19, 2016 evidentiary hearing. This request seeks far-reaching and expansive discovery that is considerably broader than any materials that could be relevant to the charge against defendant in this particular case. Defendant's request for this discovery is denied.
Category 3: Location Tracking
Defendant seeks all information about the use, monitoring, or results of location tracking technology used during the FMTF investigation of 69481 Jolon Road, including court records. This request seeks far-reaching and expansive discovery that is considerably broader than any materials that could be relevant to the charge against defendant in this particular case. Defendant's request for this discovery is denied.
Category 4: Entry Team Officer Information
Defendant seeks the names of the officers and agents on Entry Team 1. The government does not object, provided that disclosure will not jeopardize any ongoing investigations. At the motion hearing, the government stated that it was still investigating whether there was any such risk. By February 17, 2017, the government shall complete its inquiries and either provide defendant with the requested names, or confirm that it cannot do so because disclosure will jeopardize ongoing investigations.
Category 5: Brady/Giglio 3 Material re Government Witnesses
The issue here is timing of production. Defendant asks for early Brady/Giglio information re any government witnesses, to be produced at least 3 weeks in advance of any Franks
Nevertheless, this court is told that the parties will begin briefing defendant's anticipated Franks motion within a few days and that the decision whether a hearing will be held will be made by April 3. If an evidentiary hearing is ordered, then at least by April 17 the government surely will have some idea as to whose testimony it will present. So, if a Franks hearing is ordered, the government shall produce Brady/Giglio material re its witnesses by April 17, 2017.
Category 6: FMTF Records re Case No. BI-FM2012-0036
The government says it has produced all but one report from the FMTF's file. That one report, this court is told, is a "tactical plan" for a search of 69481 Jolon Road. The government maintains that defendant is not entitled to any discovery pertaining solely to the FMTF 2012 investigation, and argues that it has already gone above and beyond its discovery obligations in obtaining and producing the FMTF reports that have been provided to defendant. Defendant asks that this court review the tactical plan in camera to determine whether it contains any discoverable information. The government says it is informed by FMTF that (1) the tactical report does not contain any information that defendant does not already have in reports that have been produced; and (2) the FMTF does not release tactical plans because they contain sensitive information that must be kept confidential for officer safety reasons. Plus, says the government, the tactical plan is not in its possession, custody, or control.
During the discussion at the motion hearing, both sides clarified that, based on their understanding, the tactical plan concerns the FMTF's role at the October 17, 2013 fugitive search. According to the government, 6 of the 9 members of the entry team assigned to the area where defendant's trailer was located were FMTF members. Additionally, as noted, the government somehow obtained other FMTF reports that were produced to defendant. For these reasons, this court directs the government to obtain a copy of the FMTF tactical plan, to be lodged with the undersigned's chambers for an in camera review to determine whether the report contains any discoverable information that should be disclosed. The report shall be lodged with this court by February 24, 2017.
Category 7: Clarification of Discovery Questions re FMTF and USMS
This category seeks confirmation as to what additional materials, if any, exist that have not yet been produced re the FMTF and USMS investigations, as well as answers to questions about documents and an explanation as to what the USMS did (or did not do) in the course of its investigation. With respect to FMTF, the government says that FMTF has advised that it has no further documentation (except for the one tactical plan discussed above). As for USMS, the government says it already collected and produced all discoverable reports of which it is aware and that USMS and the other federal agencies involved in the October 2013 operation have informed the government that they have no further records related to the investigation. Defendant having provided no authority that the government is required to explain FMTF records or what USMS did or did not do as part of its investigation, this court denies his request for answers to questions in Category 7 beyond what the government has stated in its opposition papers.
Category 8: DHS Reports
Defendant says that the government has produced report 003 but not reports 001 and 002. The government represents that it has already produced all DHS reports relevant to this case. It further states its understanding that the case number used for report 003 is a miscellaneous number used to capture one-off operations and similar matters; and, thus, reports 001 and 002 do not pertain to the fugitive search for Moises Medina-Barajas, the investigation of 69481 Jolon Road, or the search operation that resulted in defendant's arrest. Defendant says nothing on this matter in reply. His motion to compel reports 001 and 002 is denied.
Category 9: Miscellaneous
This category seeks discovery on a number of wide-ranging topics, including all information sought from third parties; all requests to the California DMV or the DMV of any other state re license plate or identification information; all information about the presence of hazardous materials; all court records; the criminal history of informants used in FMTF's investigation; and all information specifically pertaining to defendant. While information pertaining to defendant is relevant, the government argues that much of the requested information is overbroad and irrelevant. It represents that it has produced requested documents to the extent they are in the government's possession, but nevertheless objects to producing additional information re the FMTF investigation (such as informant information).
Aside from information that specifically pertains to defendant, this category of requests seeks far-reaching and expansive discovery that is considerably broader than any materials that could be relevant to the charge against defendant in this particular case. To the extent it has not already done so, the government shall, by February 24, 2017, produce requested information specifically pertaining to defendant in its possession, custody, or control—or confirm that it has no further materials to produce. Defendant's request for an order compelling discovery is otherwise denied.