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USA v. Black et al (Criminal Action No. 16-20032-JAR)

Judge Info

District Judge Julie A. Robinson
United States District Court, District of Kansas

Case Summary

           The defendants in this case are charged with conspiracy to traffic in contraband, including methamphetamine, cigarettes and cellular phones inside the Corrections Corporation of America (“CCA”) Leavenworth Detention Center. The defendants include detainees at CCA, family members or associates of these detainees who operated outside of CCA, and one prison guard employed by CCA.

            During the course of discovery in this case, allegations arose that the Government had obtained video recordings of attorney-client communications as well as audio recordings of calls from inmates at CCA to their attorneys, and that these recordings had been disseminated in discovery.  The Court held three hearings and the parties submitted several rounds of briefing concerning the privilege issues related to these recordings.  At the first hearing, the Federal Public Defender's Office (“FPD”) entered its appearance on behalf of clients who were allegedly included in the recordings.  During the hearing, the parties jointly moved for the appointment of a special master to review the recordings and determine whether they contained privileged material. 

On October 11, 2016, the Court issued an Order appointing David R. Cohen as special master in this case. The Court first directed Mr. Cohen to conduct an assessment of the feasibility of identifying and excising privileged and confidential communications contained within the audio and video recordings.  Second, the Court explained that after reviewing the feasibility report it would determine whether Mr. Cohen should proceed with identifying and excising privileged communications and potentially performing other functions related to the issues in this case.

This web page provides a brief summary of the case along with selected documents filed by the parties.  To view all of the records in the case, please use the court's Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER).  For more information on PACER and how to access court records, including court transcripts, CLICK HERE.

Contact Information

Special Master
David R. Cohen

David R. Cohen Co., LPA
24400 Chagrin Blvd., Suite 300
Cleveland, OH 44122

Plaintiffs' Counsel
Debra L. Barnett

Office of United States Attorney - Wichita
301 North Main Street, Suite #1200
Wichita, KS 67202-4812

Donald Christopher Oakley

Office of United States Attorney - Kansas City
500 State Avenue, Suite 360
Kansas City, KS 66101

Duston J. Slinkard

Office of United States Attorney - Topeka
290 US Courthouse
444 SE Quincy
Topeka, KS 66683-3592

Defendant's Counsel
Cynthia M. Dodge

Counsel for defendant David Bishop (06)
Cynthia M. Dodge, LLC
233 SW Greenwich Drive, #10
Lee's Summit, MO 64082

David J. Guastello

Counsel for defendant Karl Carter (02)
The Guastello Law Firm, LLC
4010 Washington Street, Suite 501
Kansas City, MO 64111

Jason P. Hoffman

Counsel for defendant Anthon Aiono (03)
Hoffman & Hoffman
CoreFirst Bank & Trust Bldg.
100 E. 9th St. Third Floor East
Topeka, KS 66612

John Jenab

Counsel for defendant Lorenzo Black (01)
Jenab Law Firm, PA
110 South Cherry Street, Suite 103
Olathe, KS 66061

Kathleen A. Ambrosio

Counsel for defendant Alicia Tackett (04)
Ambrosio & Ambrosio Chtd.
800 SW Jackson, Suite #817
Topeka, KS 66612

Michael M. Jackson

Counsel for defendant Catherine Rowlette (05)
727 South Kansas Ave.-Ste. 2
Topeka, KS 66603

Branden A. Bell

Counsel for Movant Federal Public Defender
Office of Federal Public Defender - Topeka
117 SW 6th Avenue, Suite 200
Topeka, KS 66603

Kirk C. Redmond

Counsel for Movant Federal Public Defender
Office of Federal Public Defender - Topeka
117 SW 6th Avenue, Suite 200
Topeka, KS 66603

Melody Brannon

Counsel for Movant Federal Public Defender
Office of Federal Public Defender - Topeka
117 SW 6th Avenue, Suite 200
Topeka, KS 66603

Interested Parties
Catherine A. Zigtema

Counsel for David Lougee (14-20068-05)
Law Office of Kate Zigtema LC
11660 W. 75th Street
Shawnee, KS 66215

Corrections Corporation of America

Erin C. Thompson

Counsel for Richard Dertinger (#14-cr-20067-06)
Foland, Wickens, Eisfelder, Roper & Hofer, PC
1200 Main Street, Suite 2200
Kansas City, MO 64105

Jacquelyn E. Rokusek

Counsel for Richard Dertinger (14-20067-06)
Rokusek Law, LLC
11658 W. 75th Street
Shawnee, KS 66214

Jonathan L. Laurens

Counsel for David Lougee (14-20068-05)
The 1609 Law Building
1609 West 92nd Street
Kansas City, MO 64114

Melanie S. Morgan

Counsel for Michelle Reulet
Morgan Pilate LLC
926 Cherry Street
Kansas City, MO 64106

Shazzie Naseem

Coordinating Discovery Attorney
Berkowitz Oliver LLP - KCMO
2600 Grand Boulevard, Suite 1200
Kansas City, MO 64108