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United States v. Sollenberger

IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE MIDDLE DISTRICT OF PENNSYLVANIA


October 4, 2007

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
v.
AVERY L. SOLLENBERGER, DENA SOLLENBERGER, AND LUANNE L. HUNSINGER, DEFENDANTS

The opinion of the court was delivered by: Judge Conner

ORDER

AND NOW, this 4th day of October, 2007, upon consideration of the motions for a bill of particulars (Docs. 61, 62, 63), filed by defendants Avery L. Sollenberger, Dena Sollenberger, and Luanne L. Hunsinger, and it appearing that a motion for a bill of particulars should be granted if "the government's failure to allege factual or legal information in the indictment significantly impairs the defendant's ability to prepare his defense or is likely to lead to prejudicial surprise at trial," United States v. O'Driscoll, 203 F. Supp. 2d 334, 348 (M.D. Pa. 2002) (citing United States v. Rosa, 891 F.2d 1063, 1066 (3d Cir. 1989)), but that a motion for a bill of particulars should not be used as a discovery device "to provide the defendant with the fruits of the government's investigation," O'Driscoll, 203 F. Supp. 2d at 348 (citing United States v. Smith, 776 F.2d 1104, 1111 (3d Cir. 1985)), and the court finding that the indictment in the above-captioned case is sufficiently particular to inform the moving defendants of the charges against them and to allow them to prepare an appropriate defense, (see Doc. 1); see also United States v. Serafini, 7 F. Supp. 2d 529, 547 (M.D. Pa. 1998),*fn1 and that defendants' request for the identities of all unindicted co-conspirators has been fulfilled by the government (see Doc. 99 at 7), it is hereby ORDERED that the motions for a bill of particulars (Docs. 61, 62, 63) are DENIED. See FED. R. CRIM. P. 7(f).

CHRISTOPHER C. CONNER United States District Judge


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