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Ruehle's Renewed Motion to Dismiss

Ruehle's Renewed Motion to Dismiss

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WILLIAM J. RUEHLE’S RENEWED MOTION TO DISMISS INDICTMENT BASED ON CUMULATIVEPROSECUTORIAL MISCONDUCT; Case No. SACR 08-139-CJC
RICHARD MARMARO (Bar No. 91387)rmarmaro@skadden.com JACK P. DICANIO (Bar No. 138782) jdicanio@skadden.com MATTHEW DONALD UMHOFER (Bar No. 206607)mumhofer@skadden.com SKADDEN, ARPS, SLATE, MEAGHER & FLOM LLP300 South Grand Avenue, Suite 3400Los Angeles, California 90071-3144Tel: (213) 687-5000Fax: (213) 687-5600Attorneys for Defendant William J. RuehleUNITED STATES DISTRICT COURTCENTRAL DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIASOUTHERN DIVISIONUNITED STATES OF AMERICA,Plaintiff,v.HENRY T. NICHOLAS III andWILLIAM J. RUEHLE,Defendants.CASE NO. SACR 08-139-CJC
1) WILLIAM J. RUEHLE’S RENEWEDMOTION TO DISMISS INDICTMENTBASED ON CUMULATIVEPROSECUTORIAL MISCONDUCT;
 FILED UNDER SEPARATE COVER:
2) DECLARATION OF MATTHEWDONALD UMHOFER; and3) [PROPOSED] ORDER.
Judge: The Honorable Cormac J. CarneyTrial Date: October 20, 2009Hearing Date: December 15, 2009Time: 9:00 a.m.
Case 8:08-cr-00139-CJC Document 778 Filed 12/14/2009 Page 1 of 31
 
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WILLIAM J. RUEHLE’S RENEWED MOTION TO DISMISS INDICTMENT BASED ON CUMULATIVEPROSECUTORIAL MISCONDUCT; Case No. SACR 08-139-CJC
iTO ALL PARTIES AND THEIR COUNSEL OF RECORD:PLEASE TAKE NOTICE THAT on December 15, 2009, at 9:00 a.m., or assoon thereafter as the matter may be heard, in the courtroom of the HonorableCormac J. Carney, located at 411 West Fourth Street, Santa Ana, California, WilliamJ. Ruehle will, and hereby does, move to dismiss the indictment based on cumulativeprosecutorial misconduct.This motion is based on the attached memorandum of points and authorities,the declaration in support, the files and records in this case, and any evidence orargument that may be presented at a hearing on this matter.Respectfully submitted,DATED: December 14, 2009SKADDEN, ARPS, SLATE, MEAGHER & FLOM LLPRichard MarmaroJack P. DiCanioMatthew Donald UmhoferBy: /s/ Richard MarmaroRICHARD MARMAROAttorneys for DefendantWilliam J. Ruehle
Case 8:08-cr-00139-CJC Document 778 Filed 12/14/2009 Page 2 of 31
 
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WILLIAM J. RUEHLE’S RENEWED MOTION TO DISMISS INDICTMENT BASED ON CUMULATIVEPROSECUTORIAL MISCONDUCT; Case No. SACR 08-139-CJC
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TABLE OF AUTHORITIES...................................................................................iii
 
MEMORANDUM OF LAW.....................................................................................1
 
I.
 
INTRODUCTION...........................................................................................1
 
II.
 
ARGUMENT...................................................................................................2
 
A.
 
Intimidating and Influencing Witnesses...............................................3
 
1.
 
Defense Witness David Dull......................................................3
 
2.
 
Defense Witness Dr. Henry Samueli..........................................4
 
3.
 
Government Witness Nancy Tullos............................................6
 
4.
 
Government Witness Carol Prado..............................................9
 
B.
 
Icing Defense Witnesses.....................................................................10
 
C.
 
Eliciting and Failing to Correct False and Misleading Testimony.....11
 
1.
 
False Testimony of Nancy Tullos.............................................11
 
2.
 
False and Misleading Testimony by the Case Agent...............12
 
D.
 
Brady and Giglio Violations...............................................................15
 
E.
 
Misleading Testimony by the Lead Prosecutor..................................18
 
F.
 
Improper Attack on Defense Attorney................................................19
 
G.
 
Additional Misconduct........................................................................20
 
H.
 
Prejudice to Mr. Ruehle......................................................................21
 
I.
 
The Court’s Authority to Dismiss the Indictment...............................23
 
III.
 
CONCLUSION.............................................................................................24
 
Case 8:08-cr-00139-CJC Document 778 Filed 12/14/2009 Page 3 of 31

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