Bari, et al, et al v. United States, et al, et al

Filing 688

ORDER CONCERNING THE DELIVERY AND HANDLING OF EVIDENCE FOR EXAMINATION. Signed by Judge Claudia Wilken on 1/2/2013. (ndr, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 1/2/2013)

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1 2 3 4 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 5 NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 6 7 10 ORDER CONCERNING THE DELIVERY AND HANDLING OF EVIDENCE FOR EXAMINATION Plaintiffs, 8 9 Case No. C-91-1057-CW JUDI BARI, et al., v. UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, et al., 11 Defendants. 12 13 In furtherance of the Court’s Order of March 31, 2012 (Doc. #686), for good cause 14 shown, and based on the non-opposition of the federal Defendants, the Court hereby finds and 15 orders as follows: 16 The term “the Evidence,” as used in this Order, means and includes the following items, 17 as discussed in the proceedings giving rise to this Order, and as summarized in the March 21, 18 2011 Order by Magistrate Judge James Larson (Doc. #672): 19 20 all components and remnants of the Oakland and Cloverdale bombs, along with the “LP Screws Millworkers” sign, the “lifted” fingerprints, and any fingerprint analysis. 21 The Evidence does not include incendiary powder said to have been previously removed from 22 the Cloverdale bomb. 23 Plaintiff has requested that the Evidence be transferred to Forensic Analytical Sciences, 24 Inc., an independent criminal laboratory located in Hayward, California, for examination and 25 testing under the supervision of C. Alan Keel, its DNA Section Technical Leader. 26 According to Plaintiff’s proffer, filed on December 3, 2012, Forensic Analytical 27 Sciences, Inc. is a nationally accredited criminal laboratory specializing in providing “a wide 28 variety of services to the criminal and civil justice community, including trace evidence analysis, 1 Case No. C-91-1057-CW 1 DNA typing by PCR-based methods, gunshot residue analysis, firearms evidence examination, 2 crime scene reconstruction, and a host of other analytical services.” (see 3 http://www.forensica.com/_default.asp?x=home_au.htm). The laboratory is located at 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 3777 Depot Road, Suite 403 Hayward, CA 94545 Forensic Analytical Sciences is accredited by Forensic Quality Services, under the ANSIASQ National Accreditation Board (see http://fqsforensics.org) by “assessors [who] are experts from industry, the U.S. government and military, other accreditation bodies (both domestic and international), and the international laboratory and accreditation community.” (See http://fqsforensics.org/accreditation.aspx). Plaintiff submitted in support of his proffer on December 3, 2012 a copy of Forensic Analytical Sciences’ current certificate of accreditation by Forensic Quality Services and scope of accreditation. Among its services, Forensic Analytical Sciences provides DNA and forensic biology analysis, toxicology, pathology, impression evidence analysis (e.g. fingerprints, shoeprints, and tire tracks), trace evidence examination (including fiber, glass, hair, and paint), ballistics analysis, gunshot residue analysis, document examination, and forensic photography analysis. (See http://www.forensica.com/fasc/_default.asp?x=fsd_oview.htm). C. Alan Keel is Forensic Analytical Sciences’ DNA Section Technical Leader. According to Forensic Analytical Sciences’ website, Mr. Keel is responsible for consultative, analytical and expert witness testimony services on a wide variety of cases involving biological material. He has been doing forensic DNA casework and expert testimony for over 30 years and possesses knowledge and experience in the area of DNA analysis including isolation of biological materials and subsequent preparation, analysis and interpretation using PCR and traditional serological techniques. Mr. Keel is also a court certified expert in latent fingerprint analysis as well shoeprint and other impression evidence. pursuant to the FBI’s DNA analysis guidelines. (See http://www.forensica.com/fasc/_default.asp?x=fsd_team.htm). According to Plaintiff’s proffer filed on December 3, 2012, Mr. Keel will work with Edward T. Blake, a Forensic DNA Expert with Forensic Analytical Sciences, whom the United 28 2 Case No. C-91-1057-CW 1 States recommended in 2000 when the parties agreed to allow Dr. Blake to develop DNA 2 profiles from several other items of evidence related to this case. 3 Plaintiff submitted in support of his proffer copies of Mr. Keel’s curriculum vitae (see 4 also, http://www.forensica.com/fasc/doc%5Ccv%5Cak.pdf), and summaries of Mr. Keel’s and 5 Dr. Blake’s proficiency tests from 2011 and 2012. 6 7 STORAGE, HANDLING, AND SHIPMENT OF THE EVIDENCE BY THE UNITED STATES TO FORENSIC ANALYTICAL SCIENCES; CHAIN OF CUSTODY 8 Within ten (10) days of the entry of this Order, Defendant United States, by and through 9 its agents and officers, shall cause the Evidence to be delivered to Forensic Analytical Sciences, 10 Inc., to the attention of C. Allen Keel, DNA Section Technical Leader, at 3777 Depot Road, 11 Suite 403, Hayward, CA 94545, together with an inventory of the items delivered. 12 In all storage, handling, transportation, and delivery of the Evidence, the United States, 13 through its agents and officers, shall “preserve [the Evidence] against loss, alteration, 14 destruction, or contamination,” in accordance with Magistrate Judge James Larson’s March 21, 15 2011 Order (Doc. #672), which is still in effect. 16 In aid of preservation, the United States shall follow the principles underlying Federal 17 Rule of Evidence 901 (the “chain of custody rule”), as that rule has been interpreted and given 18 effect by the courts, and by the Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation in 19 their guidelines. 20 In particular, the United States shall: pack and transport the Evidence so that it does not 21 break, degrade, or change form; handle it with gloves and other necessary protections against 22 contamination; and keep a chain of custody log recording the identity, title, and agency/company 23 of each person who helps receive, transport, or deliver any item of the Evidence, together with 24 the locations, dates, and times of all pickups, transfers, and deliveries of the Evidence. 25 26 27 28 EXAMINATION, HANDLING, AND STORAGE OF THE EVIDENCE BY FORENSIC ANALYTICAL SCIENCES According to Plaintiff’s proffer filed on December 3, 2012, Forensic Analytical Sciences will receive the Evidence and inventory it in its regular course of business, through an 3 Case No. C-91-1057-CW 1 agent/employee whose specific job it is to receive such evidence for examination and testing. 2 Forensic Analytical Sciences will then examine and test the Evidence, both visually and by 3 taking and testing samples of areas most likely to contain biological markers, impressions, or 4 other clues which may tend to reveal the identity/ies of those who constructed the bombs and/or 5 helped carry out the bombings, or to narrow the field of potential suspects. Throughout the 6 process, Forensic Analytical Sciences will handle and store the Evidence securely and so as to 7 minimize loss, alteration, destruction, or contamination. Forensic Analytical Sciences will handle 8 the Evidence in its own secure facility and store the Evidence in its own secure storage room. 9 10 EXCHANGE OF RECORDS Following delivery of the Evidence to Forensic Analytical Sciences, the United States 11 shall produce a copy of the chain of custody log or other chain of custody record(s) to Plaintiff, 12 together with copies of the inventory and any shipping labels or manifests, as discussed above. 13 Over the course of the examination of the Evidence by Forensic Analytical Sciences, 14 Plaintiff shall produce to the United States copies of all photographs, reports, and/or other 15 records generated by Forensic Analytical Sciences within ten (10) days of receiving each such 16 record from Forensic Analytical Sciences. 17 HANDLING OF THE EVIDENCE UPON CONCLUSION OF THE EXAMINATION 18 At the conclusion of its testing process Forensic Analytical Sciences shall return the 19 Evidence to the FBI’s custody. 20 21 IT IS SO ORDERED. 22 23 24 25 1/2/2013 Date HONORABLE CLAUDIA WILKEN UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE 26 27 28 4 Case No. C-91-1057-CW

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