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Judge Robert E. Blackburn

Criminal Case No. 13-cr-00150-REB







Blackburn, J.

Pursuant to Fed. R. Crim. P. 17.1, and D.C.COLO.LCrR 26, the court enters this

Trial Preparation Conference Order.

IT IS ORDERED as follows:

1. That all non-CJA1 pretrial motions shall be filed by no later than close of business

June 7, 2013;

2. That a response to a timely filed pretrial motion shall be filed within fourteen (14)

days of the filing of the pretrial motion;2

3. That all timely filed pretrial motions that the court determines should be set for

hearing shall be set for hearing at a motions’ hearing setting conference on June 26,

1 “CJA” are the initials for Criminal Justice Act codified at 18 U.S.C. § 3006A.

2 Non-CJA motions shall not be filed out of time without leave of court. However denominated,

amended papers, including amended motions, petitions, responses, or replies shall not be filed without leave
of court. However denominated, supplements to papers, including motions, petitions, responses, or replies,
shall not be filed without leave of court. Replies to responses shall not be filed without leave of court. Leave
of court must be obtained before such papers may be filed. A request for leave to file such a paper shall not
be contained or included in the paper sought to be filed.

2013, at 10:00 a.m.; at which time the defendant will not be present, having waived via

counsel his right to appear at this hearing only; provided, furthermore, that if the defendant

has waived his right to be present, then counsel may appear in person or by telephone;

4. That counsel for the government shall arrange, initiate, and coordinate the

conference call necessary to facilitate the setting conference;

5. That trial by jury shall commence July 22, 2013, at 8:30 a.m., in courtroom

A1001, located on the 10th Floor of the Alfred A. Arraj Courthouse Annex, 901 19th Street,

Denver, Colorado 80294, at which the defendant shall appear in person without further

notice, order, or subpoena;3

6. That the court reserves four (4) days for trial;

7. That counsel and the defendant shall appear in courtroom A1001 on the first day

of trial at 8:00 a.m., to review and discuss with the courtroom deputy clerk and the court, if

necessary, any final details, arrangements, or requirements concerning the trial;

8. That a Trial Preparation Conference shall commence on July 3, 2013, at 1:00

p.m., in courtroom A1001;

9. That lead counsel and the defendant shall attend the Trial Preparation


10. That at the outset of the Trial Preparation conference, each party shall submit

on the Witness List form required by the court (an original for the court with copies for the

courtroom deputy clerk and all other parties) a “will call” witness list enumerating the name

3 Any motion brought under the Speedy Trial Act of 1974, 18 U.S.C. §§ 3161-74, to vacate or

continue the trial shall note and circumstantiate, inter alia, the specific amount of time to be excluded in
computing the time for speedy trial under the act and shall provide non-conclusory reasons to justify the
amount of time to be excluded as provided in United States v. Toombs, 574 F.3d 1262 (10th Cir. 2009).
Additionally, any motion to vacate and/or continue the trial, or any motion, which, if granted, would cause the
trial to be vacated or continued shall address the factors enunciated in United States v. West, 828 F.2d
1468, 1469-70 (10th Cir. 1987), pursuant to REB Cr. Practice Standard II.E.1.


and address of each witness that will be called and a “may call” witness list enumerating

the name and address of each witness that may be called; provided, furthermore, that the

“will call” witness list constitutes a representation on which the court and every other party

may rely that the witnesses listed will be present and available to testify during trial;

11. That at the Trial Preparation Conference the parties shall be prepared to review

and discuss, inter alia, the following:

a. stipulated and proposed jury instructions and verdict forms;

b. voir dire questions;

c. the jury selection process, including alternate jurors, and peremptory



1. The use of the one or more alternate jurors [Review Fed.R.Crim.P.

2. Pretrial designation of the alternate juror(s);

3. The number and allocation of peremptory challenges [Review Fed.

R. Crim. P. 24(b) and (c)(4)]; and

4. Retention or dismissal of alternate juror(s) [Review Fed. R. Crim.

P. 24(c)(3)];

d. use of juror questionnaires (if a questionnaire is used, the parties shall

surrender their copies for destruction immediately subsequent to completion of jury


e. identification of all persons permitted to be seated at each party’s table;

f. the pronunciation of problematic party’s and witness’ names;

g. the names or monikers that may be used when referring to the defendant

or a witness;


h. identification of “will call” and “may call” witnesses;

i. use of deposition testimony:

1. designation of specific testimony by page and line; and

2. identification of the person selected to read deposition answers;

j. use of video depositions:

1. resolution of objections;

2. pretrial redaction, if necessary; and

3. arrangements for necessary equipment to broadcast the

k. the admission of stipulated exhibits or exhibits about which there are no

l. the allocation of trial time between the parties;

m. the necessity for cautionary or limiting instructions;

N. timing and manner of publication, if any, of trial exhibits to the jury;

o. appropriate attire and clothing for defendant;

p. security precautions, requirements, or issues;

r. training on the use of courtroom technology; and



s. transporting and bringing equipment, models, props, or other property

into the courthouse and courtroom for use during trial;4

12. That each side shall be permitted voir dire examination not to exceed 15

4The court has audio, video, audio-visual, evidentiary presentation, and other special equipment that

may be used by the parties. A listing of available equipment can be found on the District Court’s website at under “Courtroom Technology Manual for Attorneys.”
Arrangements for training on courtroom technology must be made with the courtroom deputy clerk, Kathleen
Finney, at (303)335-2099, at least 14 days before trial. Notify the courtroom deputy clerk no later than
fourteen (14) days before the date and time you need such equipment or need your own equipment to be
brought through security for use in the courtroom.


minutes following voir dire examination by the court, but shall not reiterate questions

previously propounded by the court or another party;

13. That pending further court order, the jurors shall not be sequestered before


14. That trial witnesses subject to sequestration under Fed. R. Evid. 615 shall be

sequestered by order entered sua sponte immediately before opening statements;

15. That opening statements shall be limited to thirty (30) minutes per party;

16. That the court will not engage in the examination of any witness, except to

eschew plain error;

17. That pursuant to REB Cr. Practice Standard III.B., each party shall have

available at trial a set of exhibits for the court, the courtroom deputy clerk, opposing

counsel (one set per party), and any pro se party;

18. That objections made in the presence or hearing of the jury shall be stated as

succinctly as practicable and supported by recitation of apposite authority when possible;

however, counsel and a pro se defendant shall not speechify an objection in the presence

or hearing of the jury [Review Fed. R. Evid.103(d) and 104(c)];

19. That unless interrupted by the court, in marshaling motions or objections during

trial, the following sequential protocol shall be observed, unless interrupted by the court:

objection, response, reply, ruling;

20. That to eliminate or minimize bench or sidebar conferences, each party shall be

responsible to inform the courtroom deputy clerk in writing before the conclusion of a trial

day specifying any issue which should be considered before commencing trial on the next

scheduled day of trial and at the outset of a trial day specifying any issue which should be

considered at the conclusion of that trial day;


21. That to facilitate preparation, marshaling, and consideration of proposed jury

instructions and verdict forms consistent with REB Cr. Practice Standard V.A.5., the

government shall identify and enumerate each individual jury instruction in the heading or

title as INSTRUCTION NO. G-1, G-2, G-3, etc., and the defendant shall identify and

enumerate each individual jury instruction in the heading or title as INSTRUCTION NO. D-

1, D-2, D-3, etc.; provided, furthermore, the parties shall similarly identify and enumerate

all proposed verdict forms and special interrogatories;

22. That closing argument shall be limited to forty-five (45) minutes total for each

party; and

23. That for additional information about courtroom protocol, courtroom technology

and training, trial preparation, transportation of items into the courthouse and courtroom, or

submission of trial exhibits, the courtroom deputy clerk, Kathleen Finney, at (303)335-

2099, should be contacted.

Dated June 4, 2013, at Denver, Colorado.