From The WMRW.COM Breaking News Desk (Updated)
Thanks to our stringer CDinDC for alerting us to this Legal Times story filed earlier this afternoon by Mike “Mad Dog” Scarcella who obtained the 26 page government response to the defendants’ joint motion to compel discovery. Scarcella writes:
“The government has provided the lawyers more than 1,250 pages of paper discovery, 32 CDs of electronic data, and the identification of more than 14 expert witnesses the government may call at trial, assistant U.S. attorneys Glenn Kirschner and Patrick Martin say in a filing publicly released this week. The expert names are not identified in the court papers released this week.”
On Tab B of the government’s response is a spreadsheet of 105 line items that somewhat correspond with the defendant’s joint motion to compel discovery.
The prosecution also expects to introduce a piece of evidence featured here on January 30, Joe Price’s personal profile on the Alt.com hookup site.
Also, further testing is being conducted on a recently discovered blood spot found on Dylan Ward’s comforter from 1509 Swann. FBI toxicological experts are testing that against a blood sample from Wone.
But most troubling is what we learn about Robert’s BlackBerry. The electronic conversations between Wone and the defendants has long been a topic of conversation and speculation here. And it appears entirely possible, nothing of value will come from that piece of evidence.
Scarcella reports that:
“Prosecutors acknowledge in the court papers that the government has no data from Wone’s BlackBerry phone other than the recollection of two D.C. police detectives at the crime scene who noted two e-mail messages. One e-mail, purportedly from Wone to his wife, said Wone had just taken a shower and was going to bed. Wone reportedly sent another e-mail two minutes later to an associate confirming lunch plans for the following day.
Wone’s cell phone was sent to the Secret Service to be copied as evidence. But that never happened. Wone’s widow wanted to retrieve contact information, and so the phone was returned to her before its contents had been imaged, prosecutors say. Investigators thought the contents of the phone had been copied before it was released to Wone’s widow.
Wone’s widow then gave the phone to Wone’s employer, Radio Free Asia, where the former Covington & Burling associate had become general counsel. Prosecutors say attempts to retrieve the data from the phone have been unsuccessful.”
A blood stain taken from the crime scene has gone untested after nearly three years. Robert’s BlackBerry was mishandled by the Secret Service and may yield no clues at all. What else is left to screw up in this investigation?
So is it really any wonder that it took the “Gang That Couldn’t Snoop Straight” more than two years to bring the first charges in this case?