United States v. Ganier
United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
468 F.3d 920 (6th Cir. 2006)
Albert Ganier III (defendant) was the CEO, chairman and founder of Education Networks of America, Inc. (ENA). In August 2002, a federal task force began a criminal investigation into whether Ganier and others had been engaged in wrongdoing with regard to contracts awarded to ENA by Tennessee and the solicitation of Tennessee and Texas officials for additional contracts. In September 2002, a federal grand jury began an investigation. Ganier allegedly attempted to implement an e-mail retention policy in which emails older than six months would be deleted. Ganier also deleted files relevant to the investigation from his computer and from an ENA employee’s computer. Ganier was indicted on one count of endeavoring to obstruct justice and three counts of destroying documents with intent to impede a federal investigation. The government’s forensic computer specialist, Wallace Drueck, used forensic software to determine what searches were run. Drueck determined from reports generated by the forensic software that searches had been run in December 2003 using search terms relevant to the grand jury investigation. Ganier filed a motion to exclude the forensic software reports and Drueck’s testimony on the ground that it was expert testimony under Federal Rule of Evidence 702. Under the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure, the prosecution was required to give a summary of any expert testimony under Rule 702 and it had not done so. The district court granted the motion to exclude. The prosecution appealed.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Nelson Moore, J.)
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