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United States v. Hatfield

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT EASTERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK


December 9, 2009

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,
v.
SANDRA HATFIELD, DAVID H. BROOKS, PATRICIA LENNEX, DEFENDANTS.

The opinion of the court was delivered by: Seybert, District Judge

ORDER

The Court's November 13 and November 23 Orders preliminarily recognized certain draft legal memorandums (i.e., those prepared by Nancy Grunberg and Peter Schlam) as privileged. It is not likely that the Court will disturb these findings.

However, it appears from the face of these documents that these drafts were intended, at least originally, to culminate in final submissions to entities (such as DHB's Audit Committee*fn1) that the Court believes would have been in an adversarial position to Mr. Brooks. Any such final submissions would not be privileged. Accordingly, in assessing any potential prejudice that Mr. Brooks may have suffered due to the Government inadvertently obtaining these draft documents, it is important for the Court to know: (1) whether the Government also obtained copies of the final submissions; and (2) how similar these draft documents are to the final submissions. Therefore, by Monday, December 14, 2009, the Government is directed to:

(1) Inform the Court whether it has copies of the final submissions; and

(2) If it does, introduce these final submissions into evidence during the pending evidentiary hearing, ideally through a stipulation reached with Defense counsel.

SO ORDERED.

Joanna Seybert, U.S.D.J.

Dated: Central Islip, New York December 9, 2009


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