Inconvenient ruling: Judge rejects contractor access to grand jury info in Capitol riot cases

Inconvenient ruling: Judge rejects contractor access to grand jury info in Capitol riot cases
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[Ed. – The prosecutors’ request sounds too broad on its face; i.e., wanting to simply give access to all grand jury information to Deloitte. Judge Beryl Howell appears right to be skeptical and to rule rigorously on this one. Besides the points of law, the DOJ proposal sounds like setting up a sieve to leak.]

A federal judge has thrown a monkey wrench into the prosecution of more than 500 Capitol riot defendants by denying the Justice Department’s request to share grand jury materials with a contractor hired to organize the massive amounts of video, social media, email and other evidence in the cases. …

In May, the Justice Department agreed to pay Deloitte Financial Advisory Services $6.1 million to set up a database containing various kinds of materials the FBI has tracked down in connection with the storming of the Capitol on Jan. 6 …

Howell argued that prosecutors’ request, at its core, was about simplifying their obligations to provide evidence to the defendants. …

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Howell also raised concerns that the government’s broad request to share “all” grand jury material with Deloitte “means that the materials to be disclosed may have been collected in connection with investigations of individuals who are never targeted, never charged, or exonerated.”

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