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UNITED STATES v. LEONELLI

February 28, 1977.

UNITED STATES of America
v.
Edward LEONELLI, Defendant.



The opinion of the court was delivered by: COOPER

MEMORANDUM AND ORDER

IRVING BEN COOPER, District Judge.

 Defendant Leonelli moves for an order granting the following relief: 1) a bill of particulars, pursuant to Rule 7(f), Fed.R.Crim.P.; 2) discovery and inspection of grand jury minutes, pursuant to Rule 6(e), Fed.R.Crim.P.; 3) an extension of 20 days after determination of the within motion to move to dismiss the indictment, pursuant to Rule 45(b), Fed.R.Crim.P.; 4) discovery and inspection of certain books and records, pursuant to Rule 16, Fed.R.Crim.P. For the reasons stated below, these motions in the main are denied except to the extent indicated.

 I

 Defendant requests an extensive bill of particulars, including inter alia, a) the specific location, date and time of each act alleged in the indictment; b) any "similar act" proof; c) names and addresses of persons from whom the Government claims defendant received money or other things of value, and whether such persons were then in the employ of the United States Government, or acting under its instructions; d) the manner in which payments occurred; e) names and addresses of persons present at such payments.

 The purpose of a bill of particulars is to apprise defendant of the essential facts of a crime. See generally, United States v. Salazar, 485 F.2d 1272, 1273 (2d Cir. 1973), cert. denied, 415 U.S. 985, 94 S. Ct. 1579, 39 L. Ed. 2d 882 (1974); United States v. Lebron, 222 F.2d 531, 535-36 (2d Cir.), cert. denied, 350 U.S. 876, 76 S. Ct. 121, 100 L. Ed. 774 (1955); United States v. Crisona, 271 F. Supp. 150 (S.D.N.Y.1967). A bill of particulars should only be required where the charges of an indictment are so general that they do not advise defendant of the specific acts of which he is accused. See United States v. Rosenwasser Brothers, 255 F. 233 (E.D.N.Y.1919). We cannot fault this indictment on that score.

 The five-count indictment here sufficiently apprises defendant of the acts he is alleged to have committed; it charges that defendant, while employed as a Federal Meat Inspector by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, accepted money and other things of value from companies that he was inspecting, in violation of Title 21, U.S.C. ยง 622. The period of time involved, the approximate amount of money involved, and the company alleged to have given the money are all spelled out in sufficient detail. To require the Government to disclose more would be to order the revelation of its evidence prior to trial.

 It is well settled that a bill of particulars is not an investigative tool for the defendant; it is not to be used "as a vehicle for wholesale examination of the Government's files." United States v. Mitchell, 73 Cr. 439 (S.D.N.Y. August 3, 1973); see United States v. Salazar, supra. Essentially, defendant's request for the names, dates and places for the entire case strikes us as an attempt to discover the minutia of the Government's case. This is plainly unfair and will not be countenanced. Under similar circumstances, courts have denied such requests. See United States v. Simon, 30 F.R.D. 53 (S.D.N.Y.1962).

 We state emphatically that the law does not impose upon the Government an obligation to preview its case or expose its legal theory. See United States v. Bozza, 234 F. Supp. 15, 16 (E.D.N.Y.1965); United States v. Kahaner, 203 F. Supp. 78, aff'd, 317 F.2d 459 (2d Cir.), cert. denied, 375 U.S. 836, 84 S. Ct. 73, 11 L. Ed. 2d 65 (1963); United States v. Kelley, 254 F. Supp. 9 (S.D.N.Y.1962); United States v. Fruehauf, 196 F. Supp. 198, 199 (S.D.N.Y.1961). Nor is the Government "required to disclose... the manner in which it will attempt to prove the charges". United States v. Brevard, 27 F.R.D. 250 (S.D.N.Y.1961); United States v. McCarthy, 292 F. Supp. 937, 940 (S.D.N.Y.1968). Further, the Government has no duty to disclose the precise manner in which the crimes alleged in the indictment were committed. See United States v. Andrews, 381 F.2d 377 (2d Cir. 1967); United States v. Cimino, 31 F.R.D. 277 (S.D.N.Y.1962).

 It is beyond cavil that a bill of particulars confines the Government's proof to the particulars supplied. United States v. Glaze, 313 F.2d 757, 759 (2d Cir. 1963); United States v. Murray, 297 F.2d 812, 819 (2d Cir.), cert. denied, 369 U.S. 828, 82 S. Ct. 845, 7 L. Ed. 2d 794 (1962). Accordingly, this Court will not approve defendant's sweeping request for a bill of particulars (tantamount to a fishing expedition), where such would unnecessarily restrict the Government in presenting its proof at trial. See United States v. Bozza, supra.

 With respect to defendant's request to discover the names and addresses of persons from whom the Government claims the defendant received money or other things of value, the Government has sufficiently consented to this request by supplying the names set forth in its responding papers. See Government Memo. of Law, p. 8. Further, the Government has supplied defendant with the places where these transactions allegedly occurred. Gov't. Response to Defendant Memo. in Response to Gov't. Reply, pp. 1-2.

 With respect to defendant's request to discover any "similar act" evidence, the Government has consented to the request. See Gov't. Response to Defendant Response, pp. 2-3. The Government has also stated that at the time the payments to defendant were allegedly made none of the payees were employed by or in any way acting for the Government. See Gov't. Response to Defendant Response, p. 3. Accordingly, defendant's motion for a bill of particulars is denied except to the extent we have noted.

 II

 It is well settled law that the secrecy of the grand jury will not be compromised by an order to disclose grand jury minutes without a showing of "particularized need." See Dennis v. United States, 384 U.S. 855, 86 S. Ct. 1840, 16 L. Ed. 2d 973 (1966); United States v. Percevault, 490 F.2d 126 (2d Cir. 1974); United States v. Ruggiero, 472 F.2d 599, 605 (2d Cir.), cert. denied, 412 U.S. 939, 93 S. Ct. 2772, 37 L. Ed. 2d 398 (1973). The nature of the compelling need to justify pre-trial disclosure of grand jury minutes has been properly stated as "a gross and prejudicial irregularity ...


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