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Motions from other FPD offices


DC Motions

Fed.R.Evid. 403 and 404
        -including Old Chief motions
        -evidence of prior felonies/convictions
Fed.R.Evid. 609
Fed. 922(g)
Appointment of Counsel
Addiction Prevention Recovery Administration
Bail & Pretrial Detention
        -modifications of pretrial detention order
        -Singleton release motion 922(g)
Bill of Particulars
Compel or Resist
        -resist compulsion of fingerprinting
        -resist compulsion of testifying
        -continuance of trial or to file pretrial motions
        -(see also: Continuance of Sentencing below)
Disclosures & Discovery
        -Includes Confidential Informant and Exculpatory Information
        -Includes Brady, Jencks, Giglio Motions & Request Letters
        -Motions to Compel Production of Discovery: Includes demand for notice from government of its intention
         to rely upon other crimes evidence.        
        -dismissal for Speedy Trial Act violations
        -dismissal for Double Jeopardy/collateral estoppel violations
        -dismissal of indictment
        -duplicity of counts
        -failure to state a claim
Ex Parte
        -motion to compel records
        -issuance of subpoenas
        -to admit expert testimony
        -for travel outside of DC area
        -emergency situations
Jury Instructions
        -proposed jury instructions
Late File
        -late file of pre-trial motions
        -late file withdrawl of guilty plea
        -late file motion to suppress
Multiplicitous Counts
        -compel election between and handgun/ammunition counts
New Trial
Probable Cause - Terry Stops
Property Return
Sentencing Related Motions . . .
        Continuance of Sentencing
        Memorandum in Aid of Sentencing
        Probation Revocation
        Vacate, Set Aside, Correct, or Modify Sentence
        Supervised Release  
        Clarification of Probation Conditions
        -severance of defendants and/or counts
Motions to Suppress . . .
                -to suppress tangible/physical evidence
                -to reopen suppression hearing
Travel Expenses
Voir Dire
        -proposed question for voir dire
        -statement of the case