Federal prosecutors have provided attorneys for Walter and Steven Reed with approximately 57,000 pages of evidence in the weeks since they were indicted in April, court documents show.
In a pair of documents filed Wednesday, government lawyers mention the 57,000 pages as part of an argument that a federal judge should deny the Reeds’ request for a list of additional information, calling the attempt a “thinly veiled attempt to circumvent the discovery rules” that, if granted, would give the defense an improper preview of the prosecution’s case.
The two filings were responses to earlier filings by Rick Simmons and Glenn Burns, who represent Walter and Steven Reed, respectively, asking that the government be compelled to provide a long list of details about the case that underlies the 18-count indictment of Walter Reed.
Steven Reed was indicted on two counts: conspiracy and wire fraud.
Prosecutor Jordan Ginsberg argued a motion for discovery filed May 18 was premature because the government was still preparing the documents that were later turned over to the defense.
“The court should either deny the motion outright or, at the least, deny it as moot and untimely pending defendants’ review of material,” Ginsberg wrote in Wednesday’s filing.
In response to a May 22 motion for a “bill of particulars” filed by the Reeds’ attorneys, Ginsberg said such a filing should not be used as a shortcut for investigating the case, and that many of the questions asked by Simmons could be answered by Walter Reed himself.
“Where evidence or information sought by a defendant is within his knowledge, or can be readily obtained by him, he is not entitled to a bill of particulars,” Ginsberg wrote. The defendants “were present at — and intimately engaged in — all of the business transactions with which they are charged."
A hearing on the two motions is set for June 18.
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