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United States v. Das

United States District Court, E.D. North Carolina, Western Division

February 21, 2017

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
v.
MITTESH DAS, Defendant

          For the United States: JOHN STUART BRUCE United States Attorney Jason M. Kellhofer Assistant United States Attorney.

          For Defendant MITTESH DAS: ROBERT H. CITRONBERG The Equitable Building WILLIAM MICHAEL DOWLING Brooks, Pierce, McLendon, Humphrey & Leonard, LLP.

          STIPULATION AND ORDER REGARDING PROTECTION OF GOVERNMENT DISCOVERY

          MALCOLM J. HOWARD District Judge.

         It is hereby stipulated and agreed between the United States and Defendant MITTESH DAS, by and through his attorneys, Robert H. Citronberg and William M. Dowling, and ORDERED by the Court pursuant to Federal Rule of Criminal Procedure 16(d), that:

         CONTEXT

         1. The investigation by the Government into Defendant DAS' alleged criminal conduct resulted in the Government obtaining copies of digital evidence. This evidence includes copies of Government computer servers (hereinafter "Server Evidence") as well as a copy of a Government work laptop that had been in Defendant DAS' possession (hereinafter, "Laptop Evidence"). The present document pertains only to the Server Evidence and Laptop Evidence (or copies of either) in the above named case.

         2. The Government has determined that the Server Evidence contains a vast amount of Personally Identifiable Information (PII) relating to thousands of U.S. military members.[1] This is sensitive information that the Government seeks to protect from unnecessary disclosure. For this reason, the Government is allowing Defense access to a copy of the Server Evidence, but is not providing a copy of the Server Evidence that may be removed from Government facilities.[2] Under the procedures and protocols set forth below, the Defense may copy portions of the Server Evidence, which copy the Defense may remove from Government facilities, control, and oversight.

         3. The Government will permit Defense access to the original Laptop Evidence.[3] Under the procedures and protocols set forth below, the Defense may copy the entirety of the original Laptop Evidence, which copy may then be removed from Government facilities, control, and oversight.

         PROCEDURES AND PROTOCOLS

         4. Any and all discovery material produced to Defendant DAS by the Government, and any copies, notes, transcripts, documents or other information derived or prepared from the discovery material produced to Defendant DAS, shall not be further disseminated by Defendant DAS or his attorneys to any individuals, organizations or other entities, other than members of the legal staff of the undersigned defense counsel (including any expert acting in this matter at the request and direction of defense counsel), without further order of the Court.

         5. Each of the individuals to whom disclosure is authorized (Defense Counsel, members of the Defense legal staff, experts employed by the Defense) shall be provided a copy of this Stipulation and Order and will be advised that he or she shall not further disseminate any portion of the discovery material or any copies, notes, transcripts, documents or other information derived or prepared from the discovery material, except in conformity with this Stipulation and Order. Each individual will sign a copy of this Stipulation and Order, which Defense counsel shall maintain.[4] Upon request, Defense counsel will provide a copy to the Government and the Court.

         6. Upon a showing of proper identification, as required by Fort Bragg Army base for visitors, members of the Defense (including counsel, legal staff, and employed experts; excluding Defendant DAS himself) will be granted access to Fort Bragg upon a time and date jointly agreed upon by the parties for evidence review.

         7. In order to accomplish this review, the Defense will bring their own analysis tools (equipment and/or software). These tools may be utilized to conduct the necessary analysis so long as they are not used in contravention to any direction provided within this document. The Defense tools and their resulting analysis remain the private property of the defense.

         8. The Defense will be provided a private examination space in order to conduct their review. This space will contain sufficient electrical outlets for the defense to power their own equipment. The Defense members will ...


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