Albritton v. Cisco Systems, Inc. et al

Filing 298

NOTICE by David. Maland, David Provines, Shelley Moore, Faye Thompson, Peggy Thompson, Cynthia Paar, Rhonda Lafitte, Rachel Wilson : Scope of Authorized Testimony for Federal Employee Witnesses (Submitted by the United States Attorney) (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit 1: Touhy Regulations for the Courts, # 2 Exhibit 2: Plaintiff's Subpoena to David Maland, # 3 Exhibit Cisco Systems' Subpoenas to the clerk personnel, # 4 Exhibit 4: Patton Letter to Maland dated August 25, 2009, # 5 Exhibit 5: Defense Counsel Letter to Maland Dated July 28, 2009, # 6 Exhibit 6: Defense Counsel Letter to Maland dated July 1, 2009, # 7 Exhibit 7: Maland Letter to Patton dated August 31, 2009, # 8 Exhibit 8: Maland Letter to Patton Dated September 3, 2009, # 9 Exhibit 9: Maland Letter to Defense Counsel dated August 11, 2009)(Gibson, Thomas)

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Albritton v. Cisco Systems, Inc. et al Doc. 298 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT EASTERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS TYLER DIVISION ERIC M. ALBRITTON VS. CISCO SYSTEMS, INC., RICK FRENKEL, MALLUN YEN & JOHN NOH C.A. No. 6:08cv89 JUDGE SCHELL JURY NOTICE BY THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY OF SCOPE OF AUTHORIZED TESTIMONY FOR FEDERAL EMPLOYEE WITNESSES DAVID MALAND, SHELLEY MOORE, CYNTHIA PAAR, RHONDA LAFITTE, DAVID PROVINES, PEGGY THOMPSON, FAYE THOMPSON, AND RACHEL WILSON To the Honorable Judge of Said Court: Now comes the United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Texas, and hereby respectfully notifies the Court that the District Clerk has authorized limited testimony by the Clerk and several Deputy District Clerks for the trial of this case, as follows: I. THE TOUHY REGULATIONS Pursuant to Touhy regulations promulgated by the United States Judicial Conference, Dave Maland as the District Clerk for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas has authorized limited testimony for himself and seven deputy district clerks. These individuals include: David Maland, Shelley Moore, Cynthia Paar, Rhonda Lafitte, David Provines, Peggy Thompson, Faye Thompson, and Rachel Wilson. David Maland is the District Clerk for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, and the other individuals are all deputy district Albritton v. Cisco Systems, et al.: N o t ic e of Scope of Authorized Testimony for District Clerk's Office Personnel P age 1 Dockets.Justia.com clerks for the district. These individuals have all been subpoenaed1 for trial testimony in this case, and are employees of the United States Courts, and as such their testimony must be requested by following federal regulations (known as "Touhy regulations" after United States ex rel. Touhy v. Ragen, 340 U.S. 462 (1951)). See Regulations Adopted by Judicial Conference, attached to this Motion as Exhibit 1. Section 5 of the regulations states that "Federal judicial personnel may not provide testimony or produce records in legal proceedings except as authorized in accordance with these regulations." Id. The method for requesting testimony by an employee of the United States Courts is set forth in Section 6 of the Touhy regulations, "Contents and timeliness of a request," which states that: (a) The request for testimony or production of records shall set forth, or shall be accompanied by an affidavit setting forth, a written statement by the party seeking the testimony or production of records, or by counsel for the party, containing an explanation of the nature of the testimony or records sought, the relevance of the testimony or records sought to the legal proceedings, and the reasons why the testimony or records sought, or the information contained therein, are not readily available from other sources or by other means. This explanation shall contain sufficient information for the determining officer designated in section 7(b) to determine whether or not federal judicial personnel should be allowed to testify or the records should be produced. Where the request does not contain an explanation sufficient for this purpose, the determining officer may deny the request or may ask the requester to provide additional information. Regulations, Sec. 6, Exhibit 1. The regulations apply when a party seeks testimony of an employee of the federal judicial branch "relating to any official information acquired by any such individual Plaintiff has subpoenaed David Maland, and Defendants have subpoenaed David Maland and the listed deputy district clerks. By way of history, in September of 2008 attorneys for Defendants Cisco Systems, Inc. served subpoenas for deposition testimony and production of documents on each Movants Maland, Provines, Peggy Thompson, Wilson, Lafitte, and Moore. See Subpoenas for deposition testimony, Docket Nos. 43, 44, 47, 48, 49, 50. After consultations and authorization of limited testimony by David Maland, the depositions of the Movants took place on November 3, 2008 at the United States Courthouse in Tyler, Texas. Albritton v. Cisco Systems, et al.: N o t ic e of Scope of Authorized Testimony for District Clerk's Office Personnel P age 2 1 as part of that individual's performance of official duties" in all pretrial and trial proceedings before a court. Regulations, Sec.1.(a) (quoted), Sec. 3.(c) (defining "legal proceedings"), Exhibit 1. When a request for testimony is made and the persons whose testimony is sought are employees of the clerk's office (as here), under the regulations the official who determines whether testimony will be authorized is the head of that office, here the United States District Clerk, Dave Maland. Regulations, Sec. 7.(b)(3). The regulations in turn provide a set of 16 factors for the determining officer to consider when reviewing any request for testimony. Regulations, Sec. 8., Exhibit 1. II. THE SUBPOENAS AND REQUESTS FOR TRIAL TESTIMONY A. Subpoenas for Trial Testimony Plaintiff has subpoenaed the trial testimony of David Maland. See Subpoena, attached as Exhibit 2. Defendant Cisco Systems, Inc. has subpoenaed the trial testimony of David Maland, Rhonda Lafitte, Shelley Moore, Cynthia Paar, David Provines, Faye Thompson, Peggy Thompson, and Rachel Wilson. See Subpoenas, attached collectively as Exhibit 3.2 B. Touhy Requests Plaintiff's counsel provided a request for authorization of testimony to David Maland. See Nick Patton to David Maland dated August 25, 2009, attached as Exhibit 4. Counsel for Defendants have also submitted a request for testimony to David Maland. See Babcock Letter to David Maland dated July 1, 2009, attached as Exhibit 6; Babcock Letter to David Maland dated July 28, 2009, attached as Exhibit 5. Counsel for Defendant Frenkel has indicated that Deputy Clerk Rhonda Lafitte will be released from her subpoena served by Cisco Systems, Inc. and does not need to attend the trial of this case. A l b r i t t o n v. Cisco Systems, et al.: N o t ic e of Scope of Authorized Testimony for District Clerk's Office Personnel P age 3 2 III. SCOPE OF TESTIMONY AUTHORIZED UNDER THE JUDICIAL CONFERENCE'S TOUHY REGULATIONS After consideration of the above requests for trial testimony, David Maland authorized limited testimony for the subpoenaed witnesses. These authorization letters are attached to this Notice as follows: ! Letter from David Maland to Nick Patton dated August 31, 2009, attached as Exhibit 7. ! Letter from David Maland to Nick Patton dated September 3, 2009, attached as Exhibit 8. ! Letter from David Maland to Charles Babcock and George McWilliams dated August 11, 2009, attached as Exhibit 9 Under the applicable Touhy regulations these designations control the scope of the testimony to be allowed during the trial of this case. One or both of the undersigned Assistant U.S. Attorneys will be present at the trial while the subpoenaed individuals testify in order to advise the Court on any issues that may arise related to the authorized testimony and also to assist in enforcing the authorized scope of testimony. Wherefore, premises considered, the United States Attorney's Office respectfully requests that the Court take notice of the scope of testimony authorized for the employees of the District Clerk's Office. Albritton v. Cisco Systems, et al.: N o t ic e of Scope of Authorized Testimony for District Clerk's Office Personnel P age 4 Respectfully submitted, JOHN M. BALES UNITED STATES ATTORNEY EASTERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS /s/ By: THOMAS E. GIBSON Assistant United States Attorney Texas Bar No. 07875450 Email: Tom.Gibson@usdoj.gov R o b e r t Wells T e x a s State Bar No. 24033327 A s s is ta n t United States Attorney 1 1 0 N. College, Suite 700 T yle r, TX 75702 (9 0 3 ) 590-1400 F a x : (903) 590-1436 E m a il: robert.wells3@usdoj.gov CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE I hereby certify that on this 10th day of September, 2009, I electronically served a copy of this document and its exhibits on the attorneys of record by use of the Court's CM/ECF system. Because this document was electronically filed after 5:00 p.m., under local rules it is deemed served the next day. /s/ Thomas E. Gibson Albritton v. Cisco Systems, et al.: N o t ic e of Scope of Authorized Testimony for District Clerk's Office Personnel P age 5

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