The opinion of the court was delivered by: VINCENT L. BRODERICK
VINCENT L. BRODERICK, U.S.D.J.
Following a conviction, defendant Earl Thompson was remanded to custody based on further criminal activity. On July 28, 1992, bail in the amount of $ 100,000 was set, posted by Ms. Margaret Gelb, secured by a mortgage and confession of judgment executed August 11, 1992, which provided that judgment would be granted for the United States if the defendant Thompson "fails to abide by any of the conditions fixed by the court relative to his release."
One of the conditions was that Thompson "not commit any additional crime when released on bail."
The defendant was subsequently remanded on grounds of having committed an additional crime. Ms. Gelb has filed a motion for exoneration as surety on the grounds that:
(a) the only significant requirement imposed by bail in this case is the appearance of the defendant, and the requirement that defendant Thompson not commit further crimes was "pro forma" (Motion, p. 2, par. 3) and somehow inexplicably not relevant to Ms. Gelb's bond notwithstanding the language quoted above, a contention which I reject out of hand, and
(b) defendant Thompson's additional criminal conduct, if any, occurred prior to the surety's commitment (the confession of judgment, quoted above, was signed August 11). On this point, I am prepared to hold an evidentiary hearing if requested by the surety; at that hearing, the surety will also be given an opportunity to testify, subject to cross-examination, to seek to establish her lack of knowledge concerning any continuing criminal activity of the defendant Thompson, a factor which might affect disposition of the surety's motion.
Counsel for the surety complains that the prosecution will not consent to the exoneration motion unless the surety agrees to meet with prosecutors under conditions set by them. This raises no issue before me, because the prosecution is under no duty to consent to Ms. Gelb's motion, just as she is under no duty to appear before the United States Attorney's office or government agents; no Grand Jury subpoena or other compulsory process has been issued. Instead, Ms. Gelb, having made the motion, has the burden of showing that it should be granted, just as a party filing a lawsuit must, when challenged, come forward with sufficient evidence to show that a genuine issue of material fact exists. See Celotex Corp. v. Catrett, 477 U.S. 317, 91 L. Ed. 2d 265, 106 S. Ct. 2548 (1986). Should Ms. Gelb request an evidentiary hearing within 20 days of the date of this memorandum order, it will be scheduled; if not, this motion will be deemed withdrawn.
The United States Attorney objects to involvement of counsel for defendant Thompson as counsel for the surety, Ms. Gelb, in connection with the exoneration motion, and declines to accept a meeting with Ms. Gelb for purposes of considering their consent to the motion if Thompson's counsel represents her at such a meeting. The latter aspect of the controversy between the United States Attorney and Ms. Gelb is not properly presented because the prosecution is not required either to consent to the exoneration motion or to meet with Ms. Gelb, any more than Ms. Gelb is required to meet with government agents unless she so chooses under terms agreeable to her. I decline to intervene in any way with respect to, or make any recommendation with regard to,
the United States Attorney's independent decision whether to meet with Ms. Gelb in the presence of Thompson's attorney.
The controversy over whether counsel for Thompson may properly represent Ms. Gelb at the exoneration hearing if requested by Ms. Gelb, relates to a hearing before the court, rather than purely consensual voluntary meetings between the parties to the current motion.
A conflict of interest may exist to the extent that Ms. Gelb if represented by separate counsel, might receive advice from that counsel to reveal to the prosecution privately, or to the court at a hearing, additional hitherto unknown wrongdoing involving Thompson. Counsel for Thompson by contrast cannot make or ...