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United States of America v. Melvin Santiago

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


April 17, 2013

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,
v.
MELVIN SANTIAGO, ALSO KNOWN AS "YOYO" (-01);
RAMON REYES, ALSO KNOWN AS "BASH" (-02); MIGUEL ANGEL SOTO-PEREZ, ALSO KNOWN AS "SUZUKI" (-03);
LUIS MONROIG-GONZALEZ, ALSO KNOWN AS "LUISCITO" (-04);
OSWALDO GONZALEZ, ALSO KNOWN AS "GORDO" (-05);
LUIS ANTHONY MENDOZA, ALSO KNOWN AS "DOMI" (-06)*FN1 ;
JEAN ALBERT PONS-LUGO, ALSO KNOWN AS "YAN" (-08),

The opinion of the court was delivered by: James Knoll Gardner United States District Judge

ORDER

NOW, this 17th day of April, 2013, upon consideration of the following documents:

(1) Defendant Santiago's Motion to Compel the Government to Provide English Language Transcripts of Pertinent Foreign Language Recordings, which motion was filed February 19, 2013 (Document 93)("Motion to Compel Transcripts"), together with,

(A) Defendant Santiago's Memorandum in Support of His Motion to Compel the Government to Provide English Language Transcripts of Pertinent Foreign Language Recordings (Document 93); and

(2) Government's Reply to Defendant's Motion to Compel Production of Transcriptions of Wire and Electronic Communications, which reply was filed February 25, 2013 (Document 96), together with,

(A) Exhibit A, Selection of 22 written summaries of pertinent calls prepared by government linguists who monitored the wire and electronic intercepts in the within matter (Document 96-1); it appearing that at the pretrial motion hearing held March 8, 2013, the six other arraigned co-defendants joined in defendant Santiago's motion to compel; upon consideration of the arguments made, and exhibits received*fn2 , during the pretrial motion hearing; and for the reasons expressed in the accompanying Opinion,

IT IS ORDERED that the within Motion to Compel Transcripts is granted, in part, and denied, in part.

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the Motion to Compel Transcripts is granted to the extent it seeks to require the government to provide defendants with English-language transcripts with all intercepted communications which the government has deemed pertinent in this case.*fn3

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the Motion to Compel Transcripts is denied to the extent that it seeks to require the government to bear the full cost of providing English-language transcripts of pertinent recorded conversations which the government does not introduce into evidence, or otherwise rely upon, during the trial in this case, or during any sentencing proceedings if this matter results in the conviction of any of the defendants.

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that a second status conference in the within matter is scheduled for May 3, 2013 at 10:00 o'clock a.m. in Courtroom B of the Edward N. Cahn United States Courthouse, 504 West Hamilton Street, Allentown, Pennsylvania.

BY THE COURT:

JAMES KNOLL GARDNER


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