Independent counsel, appointed to investigate the defendant's alleged violations of
federal criminal laws, brought various charges based on the defendant's acceptance of
improper gifts from organizations or individuals regulated by the Department of
Agriculture while he was Secretary of Agriculture. The indictment, in part, charges the
defendant with several crimes related to alleged gratuities violations including: Gratuity
to Public Official, 18 U.S.C. s 201(c)(1)(B), Mail and Wire Fraud, 18 U.S.C. ss 1341,
1343, 1346, and the Travel Act, 18 U.S.C. s 1952. This matter comes before the court upon
the defendant's motions to dismiss several counts of the indictment relating to the
above-mentioned charges for failure to state an offense pursuant to Federal Rule of
Criminal Procedure 12(b)(2). Upon consideration of the parties' submissions and the
relevant law the court denies these motions.
On September 9, 1994, the Special Division of the Court of Appeals for the District of
Columbia Circuit ordered the appointment of Donald C. Smaltz as Independent Counsel
("IC") to investigate whether the then-Secretary of Agriculture, Alphonso
Michael Espy, had committed a violation of any criminal law, other than a Class B or C
misdemeanor or infraction, relating in any way to the acceptance of gifts by him from
organizations or individuals with business pending before the Department of Agriculture.
In re Espy, Special Div. No. 94-2 (D.C.Cir.Sp.Div. Sept. 9, 1994). On August 27, 1997, a
grand jury indicted the defendant on 39 counts alleging unlawful activities occurring
during his tenure as Secretary of Agriculture.
Counts 1 through 7 of the indictment [FN2] charge the defendant with Wire Fraud, 18
U.S.C. ss 1343, 1346, based on activities arising from the defendant's alleged receipt of
illegal gratuities from certain sources. Specifically, the indictment alleges in Counts 1
and 2 that the defendant effected telephone communications on May 4 and 12, 1993 between
Washington, D.C., and Springdale, Arkansas, to accept an invitation to a weekend birthday
party hosted by Tyson Foods, Inc. ("Tyson"); in Count 3 effected telephone
communications on June 17, 1993 from Washington, D.C., to Chicago, Illinois, to solicit
1993 NBA Championship tickets from the Quaker Oats Company ("Quaker Oats"); in
Count 4 sent facsimile communications on January 18, 1994 from Dallas, Texas, to Temple,
Texas, and Washington, D.C., to report results of a meeting with a Department of
Agriculture Inspector General in Dallas, Texas; in Count 5 received facsimile
communications on January 27, 1994 from the President of Oglethorpe Power Company
("Oglethorpe") in Tucker, Georgia, confirming a meeting at Oglethorpe
headquarters; in Count 6 effected telephone communications on January 27, 1994 in
Washington, D.C., and Atlanta, Georgia, to request 1994 Super Bowl tickets from the
Fernbank Museum ("Fernbank") and; in Count7 received facsimile communications
from the President of Oglethorpe in Tucker, Georgia, requesting that the defendant elevate
to other government officials Oglethorpe's proposal to prepay REA bonds after the proposal
was rejected by the administering federal bank.
dates in the indictment are "on or about" and all values are approximate.
Counts 8 through 12 of the indictment charge the defendant with Mail Fraud, 18 U.S.C.
ss 1341, 1346, based on (i) the defendant's scheme to obtain money and property by means
of fraudulent pretenses and representations, and (ii) his reimbursement of certain sources
to cover up earlier acceptance of illegal gratuities. Specifically, the indictment alleges
the defendant in Count 8 mailed a $6,204 Purchase Order from Washington, D.C. to
Ridgeland, Mississippi, on April 6, 1993 as payment for the lease of a 1993 Jeep Grand
Cherokee; in Count 9 mailed a $68 check to Tyson from Washington, D.C., to Springdale,
Arkansas, on March 18, 1994, as payment for the Dallas Cowboys-- Green Bay Packers NFL
Playoff game; in Count 10 mailed a $69 check to Tyson from Washington, D.C., to Little
Rock, Arkansas, on June 2, 1994, as payment for his expenses at the Tyson's weekend
birthday party; in Count 11 mailed a $90 check to Quaker Oats in Chicago, Illinois, on
August 25, 1994 for tickets to the Chicago Bulls--Phoenix Suns NBA Playoff game and; in
Count 12 mailed a $700 check to the Fernbank Museum in Atlanta, Georgia, on September 14,
1994 for tickets to the 1994 Super Bowl.
Counts 13 through 25 of the indictment charge the defendant with violating the
gratuities provision, 18 U.S.C. s 201(c)(1)(B), of the Bribery Statute, 18 U.S.C. s 201,
based on the defendant's receipt of things of value from certain sources. Specifically,
the indictment alleges that the defendant received the following things of value: luggage
on March 14, 1993 valued at $2427 (Count 13); $3200 cash to his girlfriend on May 13, 1993
(Count 14); tickets and limousine service on September 11 and 12 to the U.S. Open Tennis
tournament valued at $4446 (Count 15); tickets valued at $222 on November 10, 1993 to a
Washington Bullets--New York Knicks NBA game (Count 16 ); a Waterford crystal bowl on
January 17, 1994 valued at $173 (Count 17); four tickets valued at $6000 on January 18,
1993 for seats at the Presidential Inaugural Dinner (Count 18); travel and lodging
expenses valued at $2556 for a Russellville birthday party held between May 14-16, 1993
(Count 19); a $1200 check given to his girlfriend on January 4, 1994 (Count 20); travel
and entertainment expenses valued at $2,087 for January 15-16, 1994 while attending a
Dallas Cowboys--Green Bay Packers NFL Playoff game (Count 21); a January 30, 1994 Super
Bowl Ticket valued at $2200 (Count 22); employment for his girlfriend from EOP Group, Inc.
("EOP") (Count 23); tickets valued at $90 on June 18, 1993 to a Chicago
Bulls--Phoenix Suns NBA Championship game (Count 24) and; a 1994 Super Bowl tickets valued
at $857 (Count 25).
Counts 26 through 28 of the indictment charge the defendant with violating the
gratuities provision of the Meat Inspection Act, 21 U.S.C. s 622, based on the defendant's
receipt of illegal gratuities. Specifically, the indictment alleges the following illegal
gratuities in violation of 21 U.S.C. s 622: lodging, entertainment, and airfare valued at
$2044 for a trip to Russellville, Arkansas between May 15-16, 1993 (Count 26); expenses
valued at $2087 for a weekend trip to Dallas, Texas to attend the Dallas Cowboys--Green
Bay Packers NFL Playoff game on January 15-16, 1994 (Count 27) and; tickets valued at $90
on June 18, 1993 to a Chicago Bulls--Phoenix Suns NBA Championship game (Count 28).
Counts 29 through 33 of the indictment charge the defendant for violating the Travel
Act, 18 U.S.C. s 1952, based on the defendant's unlawful activity under the gratuities
statute, 18 U.S.C. s 201(c), when traveling in interstate commerce. Specifically, the
indictment alleges in Count 29 that the defendant received lodging, entertainment, and
airfare when traveling from Washington, D.C., to Russellville, Arkansas, in Count 30
Chicago Bulls--Phoenix Suns NBA Championship game tickets when traveling from Washington,
D.C. to Chicago, Illinois; in Count 31 U.S. Open Tennis tickets and limousine service when
traveling from Washington, D.C. to New York, New York; in Count 32 Dallas Cowboys--Green
Bay Packers NFL Playoff tickets and limousine service and; in Count 33 Super Bowl tickets
when traveling from Washington, D.C. to Atlanta, Georgia.
Count 34 of the indictment charges the defendant with violating 18 U.S.C. s 1001 by
making false statements and representations to the United States Department of Agriculture
("USDA") Office of the Inspector General to conceal his unlawful receipt of
things of values from certain sources. The defendant is alleged to have submitted to the
USDA Inspector General Special Agents altered and false trip itineraries for official
travel he undertook in May 1993 to January 1994 after the USDA began an investigation
regarding potential violations of federal laws by the defendant.
Count 35 of the indictment charges the defendant with violating 18 U.S.C. ss
1512(b)(2)(A) and (B); and 1512(b)(3) by tampering with witnesses who were employees of
the USDA. The defendant is alleged to have engaged in misleading conduct towards these
employees with the intent to withhold records from the USDA Inspector General's
investigation, cause objects to be impaired for use in official proceedings, and hinder
the communication of information to the Special Agents of the USDA Inspector General
relating to the defendant's possible federal criminal violations.
Counts 36 through 39 of the indictment charge the defendant with violating 18 U.S.C. s
1001 by making numerous false statements and representations to certain departments, and
officials of the Executive Office of the United States. Specifically, Count 36 alleges
that the defendant made false statements and representations to Special Agents of the
Federal Bureau of Investigation ("FBI") concerning his alleged solicitation and
receipt things of value; Count 37 alleges that the defendant violated the Ethics in
Government Act, 5 U.S.C.App. ss 101 et seq., by not reporting receipt of things of value
totaling approximately $9,561 on his Public Disclosure Report, SF-278 for the calendar
year 1993; Count 38 alleges the defendant failed to disclose receipt of things of value
approximately $3,191 on Public Disclosure Report, SF-278 for the calendar year 1994; and
Count 39 alleges that the defendant made false statements and representations on September
30, 1994 to the President's Chief of Staff and Counsel concerning his receipt and
solicitation of thing of value from certain sources.
On December 24, 1992, the President-Elect of the United States selected the defendant
to the Cabinet position of Secretary of the United States Department of Agriculture. The
defendant served as the Secretary of the USDA from January 22, 1993 until December 31,
1994. Beginning on January 5, 1993 through February 16, 1995, it is alleged that the
defendant sought to defraud the United States and its citizens of (i) their right to
honest services and (ii) money and property.
The indictment alleges the following allegations to support charges brought against
the defendant for violations of several federal laws:
On January 5, 1993 the defendant began soliciting and receiving things of value from
sources regulated by the USDA during his term as Secretary of the USDA. The sources, which
include Sun-Diamond Growers of California ("Sun- Diamond"), [FN3] Tyson, [FN4]
Oglethorpe, [FN5] EOP, [FN6] Quaker Oats, [FN7] and Fernbank, Inc., [FN8] gave things of
value to the defendant totaling approximately $35,458.
Sun-Diamond is an agricultural cooperative based in California owned by five member
cooperatives: Diamond Walnut Growers, Sun-Maid Growers of California, Sunsweet Growers,
Inc., Valley Fig Growers, and Hazelnut Growers of Oregon. Sun-Diamond and its Senior Vice
President of Corporate Affairs, Richard Douglas, are alleged to have given the defendant:
luggage, cash to his girlfriend, limousine service in New York, U.S. Open Tennis tickets,
NBA tickets, a Waterford crystal bowl, and contributions to the defendant's brother.
FN4. Tyson is
a corporation with facilities in 18 states which processes, produces, and markets poultry
and red meat. Tyson and its Washington, D.C. lobbyist, Jack L. Williams, are alleged to
have given the defendant seats to the President's Inaugural Dinner; expenses to weekend
trip to Russellville, Arkansas; a check to his girlfriend; and expenses to a weekend trip
to Dallas, Texas.
Oglethorpe is a electrical power cooperative based in Georgia. Oglethorpe is alleged to
have given the defendant a 1994 Super Bowl ticket.
FN6. EOP is a
political and business consulting company based in Washington, D.C. EOP is alleged to have
given employment to the defendant's girlfriend.
Oats is a corporation headquartered in Chicago which does business in grain-based cereals
and snacks, and has a food division that processes red-meat products. Quaker Oats is
alleged to have given the defendant tickets to a NBA Championship game.
Fernbank, Inc., is a private non-profit organization that runs the Fernbank Museum of
Natural History in Atlanta, Georgia. Fernbank is alleged to have given the defendant
tickets to the 1994 Super Bowl.
The defendant concealed receipt of such items through the use of fraudulent means and
material misrepresentations. The defendant in 1993 made false representations to the USDA
to attend three separate events in his official capacity. The first was a birthday party
in Russellville, Arkansas, sponsored by Tyson on May 14, 1993. The second was in Dallas,
Texas, to attend a playoff football game as a guest of Tyson on January, 14, 1994. The
last was in Atlanta, Georgia to attend the Super Bowl during the weekend of January 29
through 30, 1994. In June 1994, the defendant did not report these items of value received
in 1993 on his Public Financial Disclosure Report, SF-278, as required by the Ethics in
In March 1994, after the press publicly questioned to what extent the defendant
received gratuities from sources regulated by the USDA an internal investigation began. On
April 1, 1994, Special Agents of the USDA Office of the Inspector General interviewed the
defendant regarding his acceptance of things of value from Tyson. The defendant told them
that he attended the Tyson sponsored birthday party to speak in his official capacity and
not as a guest of Tyson. He also stated that he returned to Washington, D.C., in a Tyson
jet because no commercial flights were available. On April 8, 1994, in response to request
to produce a copy of his travel itinerary for the weekend he went to Dallas, Texas, the
defendant deleted all references to his girlfriend and the limousine service provided by
Likewise, on two separate occasions, June 1, 1994 and September 30, 1994, the
defendant was questioned by other government agencies and officials. The first occurred
when Special Agents of the FBI questioned the defendant about the source of certain gifts.
The defendant answered that he could not recall at any time receiving things of value from
entities other than Tyson. Subsequently, when questioned by the President's Chief of Staff
regarding his solicitation and receipt of illegal gratuities the defendant stated in
substance, "there's nothing else out there."
As questions arose to what extent the defendant accepted illegal gratuities, he began
to issue and mail reimbursement checks to sources that had provided him with things of
value. The payments included checks to (i) Tyson for lodging while attending a party in
Russellville, Arkansas, and for a NFL Playoff ticket, (ii) the Chairman of Quaker Oats for
a NBA Championship ticket, (iii) Fernbank Museum for tickets to the 1994 Super Bowl, and
(iv) the USDA for assuming lease payments on a Jeep Cherokee. In February 1995, the
defendant did not report these items of value and others items received in 1994 on his
Public Financial Disclosure Report, SF-278.
Additionally, the defendant used government assets and expended public funds for his
personal benefit. As Secretary of the Agriculture, the defendant was entitled to a USDA
leased limousine and driver for official use. Rather than having the USDA provide him with
a car and driver, the defendant represented to the USDA that he would use the Jeep as his
official car in Washington, D.C. In return, the USDA assumed the lease payments of the
defendant's car for the period of February 1993--September 1993. The defendant did not use
the Jeep as his official car in Washington, D.C., but kept it in Mississippi for his
personal use until November 1993. Without an official car in Washington, D.C., from April
5, 1993 through December 31, 1994 the defendant used a USDA provided limousine and driver
in Washington, D.C. On September 15, 1994, the defendant issued a check, to the USDA as
reimbursement for the lease payments it assumed for the Jeep.
I. Denying Defendant's Motion to Dismiss Counts 1 through 7 and Counts 9 through 12 of
the Indictment for Failure to State an Offense--(Mail and Wire Fraud)
Defendant moves pursuant to Federal Rule Criminal of Procedure 12(b)(2) to dismiss
Counts 1 through 7 and Counts 9 through 12 of the indictment for failure to state an
offense for wire or mail fraud. Defendant asserts that the "counts are fatally
defective because the indictment fails to allege that Mr. Espy engaged in any official act
whatsoever in exchange for the alleged gratuities or otherwise failed to render honest
services as Secretary of Agriculture, or that he had any specific intent to do so,"
under 18 U.S.C. ss 1341, 1343, 1346. [FN9] As fully set forth below, after viewing all the
allegations of the indictment in its entirety, there are sufficient grounds for sustaining
the charges for Wire and Mail Fraud, 18 U.S.C ss 1341, 1343, 1346. Thus, Counts 1 through
7 and 9 through 12 shall not be dismissed.
Defendant's Motion to Dismiss ("Def.'s Mem.") Counts 1 through 7 and Counts 9
through 12 at 2.
 Counts 1 through 7 allege that the defendant violated the Wire Fraud statute, 18
U.S.C ss 1343, 1346. Counts 9 through 12 allege the defendant violated Mail Fraud statute,
18 U.S.C. ss 1341, 1346. The relevant language in both the Wire and Mail Fraud ("Wire
Fraud") statutes is the same, and therefore, both offenses will be examined together
for the purposes of this analysis. See United States v. Sawyer, 85 F.3d 713, 723 (1st
Cir.1996) (citing United States v. Boots, 80 F.3d 580, 586 n. 11 (1st Cir.1996)). Section
1343 provides in pertinent part:
Whoever, having devised or intending to devise any scheme or artifice to defraud, or
for obtaining money or property by means of false or fraudulent pretenses,
representations, or promises ... [uses the mails or wires, or causes their use] for the
purpose of executing such scheme or artifice ... [shall be punished].
Thus, the elements of wire fraud are (1) a scheme to defraud, and (2) use of
interstate wire communication to further that scheme. United States v. Lemire, 720 F.2d
1327, 1334-35 (D.C.Cir.1983) (citations omitted). Section 1346 defines the term
"scheme or artifice" to include a scheme or artifice to deprive another of their
intangible right to honest services. [FN10]
McNally v. United States, 483 U.S. 350, 107 S.Ct. 2875, 97 L.Ed.2d 292 (1987), the Supreme
Court held that the term "scheme and artifice to defraud" did not encompass the
intangible right of the citizenry to good government. In 1988 Congress enacted 18 U.S.C s
1346 to overturn and clarify the Supreme Court's decision in McNally. Section 1346 was
intended to reinstate pre-McNally case law holding that Mail and Wire Fraud statutes
included an individual's intangible right to honest services of government officials. See
United States v. Sawyer, 85 F.3d 713, 723-24 (1st Cir.1996).
 The meaning of honest services has not received even interpretation from
the courts. See United States v. Brumley, 116 F.3d 728, 733 (5th Cir.1997) (citing United
States v. Holzer, 816 F.2d 304, 307-310 (7th Cir.1987)). Generally, honest services fraud
contemplates instances where the defendant in rendering services was aware that his
actions were less than in the best interests of the employer. Brumley, 116 F.3d at 734. It
also encompasses instances when a public decision-maker fails to disclose a conflict of
interest resulting in personal gain. Sawyer, 85 F.3d at 724; see United States v. Mandel,
591 F.2d 1347 (4th Cir.1979) (Public officials failure to disclose existence of a direct
interest in a matter that he is passing on is actionable under Mail Fraud statute).
Although, not every dishonest or disloyal act by an employee violates the wire fraud
statute, a breach of fiduciary duty to disclose material information to an employer falls
within the strictures of the statute. United States v. Silvano, 812 F.2d 754, 759 (1st
Cir.1987); see Sawyer, 85 F.3d at 724 (Public officials have an affirmative duty to
disclose material information to the public employer). A public official's fraud on the
public may clearly fall within the meaning of honest services fraud where dishonest
conduct by the public official directly implicates the functions and duties of that
official's public office. U.S. v. Rabbitt, 583 F.2d 1014, 1024 (8th Cir.1978). Moreover,
public officials may be held to a higher standard of public trust due to concerns that
conflicts of interest may harm the public merely by giving the illusion of unfairness.
Lemire, 720 F.2d at 1337 n. 11. Thus, undisclosed, biased decision making for personal
gain, whether or not tangible loss to the public is shown, constitutes a deprivation of
honest services. Sawyer, 85 F.3d at 724.
 The defendant's first argument that the indictment should be dismissed because
it failed to state that he "engaged in any official act for the alleged gratuity or
otherwise failed to render honest services as Secretary of Agriculture" is misplaced.
[FN11] The D.C. Circuit in Lemire concluded that to constitute a deprivation of honest
services, the breach of fiduciary duty must have some element of dishonesty. United States
v. DeFries, 129 F.3d 1293, 1305-06, (D.C.Cir.1997). The law in this Circuit does not
require allegations that a quid pro quo or selling of office is necessary for the
indictment to support charges for honest services fraud. [FN12] See id. (A public
official's breach of fiduciary duty is criminally fraudulent only accompanied by a
misrepresentation or non-disclosure that is intended to deprive the person whom the duty
is owed some legally significant benefit) (citing Lemire, 720 F.2d at 1335). In this case,
the allegations that the defendant solicited and received illegal gratuities,
intentionally violated a criminal gratuities statute and later committed acts to conceal
this illegal activity are sufficient to support an indictable offense for honest services.
See Holzer, 816 F.2d at 304 (Public official's systematic and long-continued receipt of
bribes coupled with active efforts to conceal cognizable as honest services fraud); see
also United States v. Bush, 522 F.2d 641 (7th Cir.1975) (Breach of fiduciary duty, failure
of public official to disclose his ownership interest in corporation recommended to the
city, and active concealment of the fraud cognizable as honest services fraud); Silvano,
812 F.2d at 754 (Concealment of material information by an employee under an affirmative
duty to disclose to his employer cognizable as honest services fraud) (citations omitted);
Mandel, 591 F.2d at 1363 ("Non- disclosure or concealment, or both, of material
information may constitute actionable fraud under Mail Fraud statute"); cf. Rabbitt,
583 F.2d at 1014 (Reversed mail fraud conviction because no applicable standard of conduct
clearly imposed an affirmative duty on state legislator to disclose his interest in a
contract). It is not disputed that the existence of an apparent conflict of interest is
sufficient to constitute a violation of a government agent's fiduciary duty. See United
States v. York, 890 F.Supp. 1117, 1126 (D.D.C.1995). It is also not contested that
misrepresentation or intentional non-disclosure are inherently dishonest acts. DeFries,
129 F.3d 1293, 1305- 06. Therefore, since the defendant's alleged breach of fiduciary duty
includes elements of dishonesty, the indictment sufficiently states an offense honest
Mem. Counts 1 through and 9 through 12 at 3.
defendant cites United States v. Sawyer, 85 F.3d 713 (4th Cir.1996), United States v.
Rabbitt, 583 F.2d 1014 (8th Cir.1978), United States v. Czubinski, 106 F.3d 1069, (1st
Cir.1997), and United States v. McNeive, 536 F.2d 1245 (8th Cir.1976), for the proposition
that the indictment must allege "the official failed to carry out his official duties
conscientiously or otherwise took official action in a manner detrimental to the
public" to charge honest services fraud. Def.'s Mem. Counts 1 through 7 and 9 through
12 at 4. Thus, according to the defendant, the mere violation of a gratuities statute is
insufficient to support such a charge. Id. at 5-6. However, viewing these assertions in
their proper factual context of their respective opinions, the court concludes the facts
in these proceedings are sufficiently distinguishable. In Sawyer, the defendant, a
lobbyist, was convicted for engaging in conduct to cause state legislators to violate
their duty to the public. The First Circuit concluded that honest services fraud
"cannot stand where the [public official's] conduct [did] not actually deprive the
public of its right to her honest services, and it is not shown to intend that
result." Sawyer, 85 F.3d at 725. The First Circuit reversed the mail fraud
convictions on the specific grounds that the jury was permitted to find honest services
fraud upon a violation of either a civil gift statute or a criminal gratuity statute. The
civil gift statute did not necessarily entail the same intent requirements required to
prove honest services fraud. Id. at 728. The criminal gift statute, however, could
sufficiently charge the jury as to the proper intent requirements in order to prove honest
services fraud. Id. at 730. The First Circuit observed that the requisite s 1346 intent
could be found from a violation of a criminal gratuity statute by proof that "a
person with continuing and long-term interests before an official ... engage[d] in a
pattern of repeated, intentional gratuity offenses in order to coax ongoing favorable
action in derogation of the public's right to impartial services." Id. Thus, the
court concluded that violation of a criminal gratuity statute itself could be sufficient
to implicate honest services fraud. In Rabbitt, the defendant was an elected state
official who failed to disclose commissions on architectural contracts he received for
recommending them to persons authorized to award government contracts. The Eighth Circuit
reversed the defendant's mail fraud conviction because there was no evidence that the
defendant's conduct deprived the public of (1) some tangible benefit, (2) their right to
honest and fair dealing in performing his official duties, and (3) right to disclosure of
the defendant's interest in the contracts. Rabbitt, 583 F.2d at 1025. However, unlike the
facts in this case, the defendant in Rabbitt did not, in his official capacity, control
the granting of contracts where a conflict of interest was implicated or had any clearly
required duty to disclose his interests in the contracts. Id. at 1026.
the defendant was an Internal Revenue Service ("IRS") employee whose duties
mainly involved accessing confidential taxpayer files to assist those taxpayers with
questions on their returns. The defendant was convicted on nine counts of Wire Fraud for
unauthorized searches of taxpayer files. The First Circuit court reversed the defendant's
honest services fraud conviction because (1) his actions did not call into question a
discretionary, decision-making role, (2) the defendant's conduct was a workplace violation
and had no reason to believe that the performance of unauthorized searches would be
punishable by anything more than dismissal, and (3) there was insufficient proof that he
intended to deprive, the public or his employer to his honest services. Czubinski, 106
F.3d at 1077. Thus, the government failed to prove his conduct amounted to a scheme to
deprive the public's right to his honest services. Id. In McNeive, the defendant was a
city plumbing inspector who received unsolicited $5 gratuities for the nondiscretionary,
administrative task of issuing plumbing permits. Although, the defendant violated a city
ordinance prohibiting city officials from receiving gratuities, the defendant never
materially misrepresented the existence of the gratuities or actively concealed this
practice. The 8th Circuit court reversed the mail fraud conviction because the government
did not prove there was a scheme to deprive the city of his honest services.
The facts in
this case are sufficiently distinguishable from those in Czubinski and McNeive. Defendant
Espy, former Secretary of Agriculture, is alleged to have solicited and received
gratuities, made material nondisclosures on a statutorily required Public Financial
Report, and made affirmative misrepresentations and other acts to conceal his activities.
See Indictment ¶¶ 7, 10, 11, 13. The defendants in Czubinski and McNeive were never
improperly influenced over discretionary matters that breached an affirmative duty to
disclose the conflict of interest.
Federal Rule of Criminal Procedure 7(c) requires that the indictment state the
essential facts constituting the charged offense. The indictment sets forth the essential
facts to establish a charge for deprivation of "honest services" under the Wire
Fraud statute. It alleges that as a Federal Executive official, the defendant had a
statutory duty to prepare and file a Public Financial Disclosure Report, SF-278 under
Title I of the Ethics in Government Act. See Indictment at ¶ 10. Therefore, he had to
truthfully disclose, among other things, gifts aggregating $250 or more in value from any
one source he received during his tenure as Secretary of Agriculture. Id. The government
contends that the defendant's failure to comply with this disclosure requirement was not
an isolated incident but part of a pattern of related events. [FN13] These related events
include, among others, allegations that (1) the defendant illegally solicited and received
gratuities from individuals and business entities with matters pending before his office,
(2) submitted false public disclosure reports in 1994 and 1995 that concealed receipt of
those gratuities, and (3) concealing his activities concerning receipt of the gratuities
by lying to investigators and mailing reimbursements to make his acceptance seem lawful.
See Indictment ¶¶ 7, 10, 11, 13. As such, the indictment contains the sufficient factual
requirements to charge that the defendant devised a scheme to defraud citizens of their
honest services from public officials.
Opposition to Def.'s Mem. Counts 1 through 7 and 9 through 12 at 14.
 The defendant's second argument that the indictment is required to allege that
the defendant had the specific intent not to exercise disinterested judgment on official
matters under an honest services offense is also unavailing. The indictment satisfies
Fed.R.Crim.P. 7(c) by explicitly alleging that the "defendant did devise, and intend
to devise, a scheme and artifice  to defraud ... to obtain property." See
Indictment at ¶ 5. This allegation sufficiently charges that the defendant had the
requisite specific intent to commit honest services fraud under the wire fraud statute.
See United States v. Bohonus, 628 F.2d 1167, 1170-74 & nn. 5, 12 (9th Cir.1980) (Ninth
Circuit found indictment for Wire Fraud sufficient where language of indictment charged
that the defendant, "devised and intended to devise a scheme and artifice to
defraud"). As discussed above, there is no requirement that the indictment allege
that the defendant engaged in an official act for gratuities. Therefore, the allegation
that the defendant had the specific intent to deprive the public of his unbiased,
independent judgment on official matters is not an essential element of an honest services
fraud offense. On these facts the government has made a clear charge of fraudulent intent
for Wire Fraud, and pursuant to Fed.R.Crim.P. 7(c) the defendant is properly advised of
the charges with sufficient specificity.
Accordingly, since the indictment has set forth the facts to inform the defendant that
he is charged with Wire and Mail Fraud, Counts 1 through 7 and 9 through 12 shall not be
defendant moves to dismiss Counts 9 through 12 in a separate motion on the grounds that
the indictment fails to allege sufficient facts to establish the second element under the
mail fraud statute, 18 U.S.C ss 1341, 1346. Therefore, the court will address motion
separately in the following subsection.
II. Denying Defendant's Motion to Dismiss Counts 9-12 of the Indictment--(Mail Fraud)
The defendant moves to dismiss Counts 9 through 12 pursuant to Federal Rule of
Criminal 12(b)(2) for failure to state an offense of Mail Fraud, 18 U.S.C. s 1341. The
defendant asserts that the alleged communications in the above-mentioned counts were not
made for the purpose of executing the alleged scheme to defraud. Therefore, the defendant
contends that since the indictment has not stated the essentials of the second prong under
the mail fraud statute, the indictment should be dismissed. The court disagrees.
 The court must determine the sufficiency of the indictment by examining the
indictment on its face. United States v. Critzer, 951 F.2d 306, 307 (11th Cir.1992). An
indictment is sufficient if it clearly informs the defendant of the precise offense for
which he is accused so that he may prepare his defense. United States v. Conlon, 628 F.2d
150, 155 (D.C.Cir.1980) (citing Russell v. United States, 369 U.S. 749, 763-64, 82 S.Ct.
1038, 1046-47, 8 L.Ed.2d 240 (1962) and United States v. Debrow, 346 U.S. 374-78, 74 S.Ct.
113, 115-16, 98 L.Ed. 92 (1953)). The test for sufficiency is whether it is fair to
require the accused to defend himself on the basis of the charge as stated in the
indictment. Id. Counts 9 through 12 of the indictment allege mail fraud which requires
proof of (1) a scheme to defraud and (2) use of the mails to further that scheme. Lemire,
720 F.2d at 1334-35.
 The government has sufficiently identified the essential elements of the charged
offense in Counts 9 through 12 of the indictment. The second required element of mail
fraud is the use of the mails for the purpose of executing a scheme to defraud. Counts 9
through 12 satisfy this second element by charging that for the purpose of executing the
fraudulent scheme, the defendant caused to be mailed four separate payments to entities
who provided him with the alleged gratuities. See Indictment at ¶¶ 17-19. There is no
requirement that the government explain its plans on proving the theory of its case in the
indictment. United States v. Rayful Edmond, 924 F.2d 261, 269 (D.C.Cir.1991). The
sufficiency of the evidence is a matter to left for trial. Critzer, 951 F.2d at 307. At
trial the government will have to establish that use of the mails was at a minimum "a
part of the execution of the fraud," Kann v. United States, 323 U.S. 88, 95, 65 S.Ct.
148, 151, 89 L.Ed. 88 (1944), or is "incident to an essential part of the scheme
." Pereira v. United States, 347 U.S. 1, 8, 74 S.Ct. 358, 362, 98 L.Ed. 435 (1954).
Therefore, Counts 9 through 12 of the indictment provide the defendant with the requisite
notice of the charges against him. Accordingly, the defendant's motion to dismiss Counts 9
through 12 of the indictment is denied.
III, IV, V. Denying Defendant's Motions to Dismiss Counts (i) 13-25, (ii) 14, 20, and
23 and, (iii) 29-33 of the Indictment for Failure to State a Claim-- (Gratuity to Public
Official and Travel Act)
The defendant moves pursuant to Federal Rule Criminal of Procedure 12(b)(2) to dismiss
Counts (i) 13 through 25, (ii) 14, 20, and 23 and, (iii) 29 through 33 of the indictment
for failure to state an offense under 18 U.S.C. ss 201(c)(1)(B) and 1952. For the reasons
set forth below, the court denies these motions. In his motion to dismiss Counts 13
through 25, the defendant asserts that the "indictment fails to allege a nexus
between the items of value allegedly received by Mr. Espy and any 'official act.' "
[FN15] The government in opposition argues that 18 U.S.C. s 201(c)(1)(B) does not require
a nexus between the gratuity and the specific official act because the statute only
requires a gratuity to be given "for or because of any official act." [FN16]
Mem. Counts 13 through 25 at 1.
Opposition to Def.'s Mem. Counts 13 through 25 at 1.
The defendant moves to dismiss Counts 14, 20, and 23 because he did not receive things
of value "personally" as explicitly required by the gratuity statute, 18 U.S.C.
s 201(c)(1)(B). These counts allege the defendant violated the gratuities statute when
certain persons and entities gave items of value to his girlfriend. [FN17] The government
argues that the defendant did "personally" receive a thing of value, such as an
intangible benefit, when his girlfriend received the items of value from certain sources.
Alternatively, the government argues that 18 U.S.C. s 201(c)(1)(B) prohibits the defendant
from receiving directly and indirectly. [FN18]
Mem. Counts 14, 20, and 23 at 1.
Opposition to Def.'s Mem. Counts 14, 20, 23 at 5, 6.
Finally, the defendant moves to dismiss Counts 29 through 33 because the indictment
fails to allege that the defendant traveled in interstate commerce with the intent to
promote any "unlawful activity" as defined by the Travel Act, 18 U.S.C s 1952.
The Travel Act defines "unlawful activity" to mean, inter alia, "extortion,
bribery, or arson in violation of the laws of the State in which committed or of the
United States." (emphasis added). The defendant moves to dismiss the counts because
the indictment only alleges that he traveled in interstate commerce to carry on "the
unlawful acceptance and receipt of unlawful things of value" for gratuities
violations and not bribery violations. [FN19] Thus, the defendant contends that bribery
for purposes of the Travel Act refers to the specific substantive crime as defined in 18
U.S.C. s 201(b) and not the plenary bribery statute, 18 U.S.C s 201, which includes the
specific substantive crime for a gratuities offense in 18 U.S.C. s 201(c). The government
contends that the Travel Act refers to the plenary bribery statute, 18 U.S.C. s 201, and
all of its subsections, including the specific substantive gratuities offense, 18 U.S.C. s
Mem. Counts 29 through 33 at 1-2.
indictment brought Counts 29 through 33 for alleged gratuity violations based on 18 U.S.C.
s 201(c) and 21 U.S.C. s 622 ("Meat Inspection Act"). The court dismissed all
counts of the indictment for Meat Inspection Act violations against the defendant. See
Part C sect. XI of this opinion.
 In United States v. Sun-Diamond Growers, 941 F.Supp. 1262 (D.D.C.1996), this
court held that under 18 U.S.C. s 201(c)(1)(B) an indictment did not have to allege a
nexus between a thing of value and a specific official act performed or to be performed.
Presently, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit is
reviewing several issues on appeal in United States v. Sun-Diamond Growers, Cr. Action No.
97-3072 (D.C.Cir.1997) (oral arguments held on December 11, 1997), including this court's
interpretation of 18 U.S.C. s 201(c)(1)(B). The D.C. Circuit's decision may affect the
disposition of all three motions because it will address the essential elements to state
an offense for 18 U.S.C. s 201(c)(1)(B). The D.C. Circuit's decision may also affect
whether or not it would be premature for this court to resolve the meaning of
"bribery" in the Travel Act. Therefore, the court concludes that it would be in
the interest of justice to resolve these motions, but to permit for the resurrecting of
these motions if warranted by the D.C. Circuit's resolution of related issues.
VI. Denying Defendant's Motion to Dismiss All Counts of the Indictment as Duplicitous
The defendant moves to dismiss the entire indictment as duplicitous arguing that it
"crams so many substantive allegations and charges into each of the counts, that it
is hopelessly duplicitous." [FN20] Specifically, the defendant seeks to dismiss the
background section claiming that it charges him with multiple substantive offenses.
Second, he contends that Count 35, which charges the defendant with witness tampering, is
duplicitous for incorporating all of Count 34 (which charges him with making false
statement) into Count 35. Finally, the defendant alternatively moves to dismiss Count 35
for duplicity characterizing it as charging three separate offenses in this single count.
Defendant's arguments are unpersuasive.
Defendant's Motion to Dismiss as Duplicitous ("Duplicitous Mt .") at 1.
 Federal Rule of Criminal Procedure 8(a) states that two or more offenses
may be charged as separate counts for each offense in the same indictment. Duplicity
occurs when two or more distinct and separate offenses are joined in a single count.
United States v. Mangieri, 694 F.2d 1270, 1281 (D.C.Cir.1982). "An indictment,
[however], is not impermissibly duplicitous even though it alleges more than one offense
in a single count if the offenses being charged bear such a relationship to one another
that they constitute a continuing course of conduct." United States v. Shorter, 608
F.Supp. 871, 875 (D.D.C.1985). Accordingly, multiple acts, each of which would constitute
a separate count in an indictment, may instead be charged in a single count if the conduct
could be part of a continuing scheme. Id. at 876, Mangieri, 694 F.2d at 1281-82.
a. The Background Section is not Duplicitous
 The defendant argues that the entire indictment is duplicitous because it
incorporates the background section into each count of the indictment. This argument is
misplaced. Introductory paragraphs are important parts of the indictment because it
assists the jury's understanding of the scope of the defendant's alleged criminal conduct.
U.S. v. Watt, 911 F.Supp. 538, 554 (D.D.C.1995). More importantly, the "[b]ackground
information is particularly useful in cases involving ... false statements ...." Id.
In fact, this court has previously held that it would be "difficult if not
impossible, for the jury to understand defendant's allegedly false statements ... without
background [paragraphs]." U.S. v. Poindexter, 725 F.Supp. 13, 37 (D.D.C.1989).
Moreover, when an indictment involves multiple counts that "implicate a wide range of
the defendant's professional activities ... background information is undoubtedly
helpful." Watt, 911 F.Supp. at 554.
The present indictment alleges that the defendant made false statements and tampered
with witnesses as well as committing other substantive unlawful activities. The background
therefore, although extensive, permits the jury to gain a better understanding of the
context in which the charges arise. There is no prohibition on incorporating by reference
a background section into the counts of an indictment. In fact, the background section in
this indictment thoroughly describes the setting within which the charges arise, thus
providing valuable context for the jury. Furthermore, a detailed background better
provides a proper basis for examining the other substantive counts of the indictment,
especially in instances when the defendant engaged in alleged criminal conduct spanning
over a period of two years. Finally, any potential risk of duplicity can be cured with
appropriate jury instructions after all the evidence has been submitted for the jury's
consideration. Accordingly, the court denies defendant's motion to dismiss the background
b. Count 35 is not Duplicitous by Incorporating Facts Alleged in Count 34
Defendant specifically moves to dismiss Count 35 for duplicity arguing that it not
only incorporates the background section but, in addition, also Count 34. Count 35 charges
the defendant with witness tampering, in violation of 18 U.S.C. s 1512. Count 34, on the
other hand, charges that the defendant communicated false statement to the office of the
General Counsel of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, in violation of 18 U.S.C. s 1001.
Fed.R.Crim.P. 7(c)(1) allows for an "allegation made in one count [to] be
incorporated by reference in another count." This rule allows for incorporation in
order to avoid repetition in lengthy, multiple-count indictments.
 The indictment in this case delineates 39 counts in different pages with separate
titles and sections. For instance, Count 34 describes the office of the Inspector General
at the USDA; the meeting that took place involving that office and the defendant; and the
documents discussed at the meeting. Indictment at¶ 26. The indictment then alleges the
specific items involved in the defendant's scheme to conceal his unlawful activities.
Count 35's incorporation of Count 34 in its entirety is overly inclusive, but not
impermissibly so. Given that "the strict technical requirements of pleading have been
replaced by a liberality of construction permitted by the Federal Rules of Criminal
Procedure," Shorter, 608 F.Supp. at 876, Count 35 may stand as written. "An
indictment must be sufficiently specific to inform the defendant of the charges against
him and to enable him to plead double jeopardy in any future prosecution for the same
offense." Id. In this regard, Count 34 supplements Count 35 in a fashion which
provides adequate notice of the charges against the defendant. Therefore, the court denies
the defendant's motion to dismiss Count 35 as duplicitous for incorporating into it Count
c. Count 35 is not Impermissibly Duplicitous for Charging Multiple Offenses in One
 Alternatively, the defendant argues that Count 35 should be dismissed because
"it purports to charge three separate witness tampering offenses," in one count.
Count 35 tracks the statutory language of 18 U.S.C. s 1512 and alleges the three ways
which the defendant violated the statute. An indictment may charge the different methods
by which a single crime may have been committed in the conjunctive form rather than in the
disjunctive. United States v. Burton, 871 F.2d 1566, 1573 (11th Cir.1989). 18 U.S.C. s
1512 provides several ways in which it may be violated, thus an indictment may charge the
acts conjunctively in a single count as constituting the same offense. Id. In any event,
the burden remains with the government to prove each alleged act separately at trial. In
the interest of clarity and unanimity, the court will give the jury instructions and a
verdict form which will provide the appropriate guidance when the case is delivered for
deliberation. Accordingly, the court denies defendant's motion to dismiss Count 35 as
duplicitous by charging more than one offense in one count.
VII. Denying Defendant's Motion to Dismiss the Indictment for Defects in the
Institution of the Prosecution
In response to the Attorney General's application under 28 U.S.C. s 591(d)(1)(A), the
Special Division appointed an Independent Counsel on September 1, 1994, to investigate the
defendant's possible violation of federal law for accepting things of value from
organizations or individuals with matters under the purview of the U.S. Department of
Agriculture. In re Espy, Special Div. No. 94-2 (D.C. Cir. Sp. Div. Sept. 9, 1994). [FN21]
Following Donald Smaltz's appointment as IC, he requested the Attorney General give the IC
jurisdiction over any related additional investigations that had been initiated by the
Department of Justice and the USDA Inspector General. The Attorney General, however,
denied the IC's request.
FN21. For a
more complete description of the factual background relating to the appointment of an
Independent Counsel. See Introduction of this Omnibus Opinion and Order.
Subsequently, pursuant to s 594(e), the IC filed an Application for a Referral of a
Related Matter with the Special Division. The application claimed that the IC's
investigation had uncovered substantive evidence of potential criminal law violations by
associates of the defendant in matters related to the original grant of jurisdiction. The
Department of Justice opposed the IC's application claiming that the IC was simply looking
for "a roving license to prosecute any individual whose path may have crossed that of
[Secretary Espy]--and all individuals in turn connected to that individual--in hope that
if criminal charges can be brought, these individuals may have some relevant information
that they can be persuaded to offer." [FN22] However, on April 1, 1996, the Special
Division granted the IC's application for referral of a related matter under s 594(e) of
the Ethics in Government act of 1978. See In re Espy, 80 F.3d 501 (D.C.Cir.1996). In In re
Espy, the Special Division reasoned that the IC has provided it with matters demonstrably
related to the factual circumstances that gave rise tothe Attorney General's original
request for appointment of an independent counsel. Id. at 509. The Special Division,
therefore, concluded that the granting of the referral application was warranted. The
Special Division also held that,
Opposition of the United States to Application for Referral of Related Matters at 16.
[t]he plain language of section 594(e) in no way suggests that the concurrence of the
Attorney General is required before the [Special Division] can refer a related matter to
an independent counsel upon the counsel's request; rather, it plainly contemplates the
opposite ... [In fact] Congress's use of the disjunctive "or" in this section
... indicates it gave the independent counsel a choice between going to the Attorney
General or to the court for a referral and that the Attorney General or the court could
grant such a referral.
Id. 80 F.3d at 505.
At present, the defendant moves to dismiss the entire indictment because the Special
Division acted in violation of the Ethics in Government Act, 28 U.S.C. s 591 et seq., by
exceeding its authority under the Constitution. Specifically, the defendant asserts that s
594(e) does not authorize the Special Division to refer additional jurisdiction to the IC
over the Attorney General's objection. The defendant then argues that "[t]he Special
Division's invalid grant of jurisdiction resulted in the IC conducting an illegally
expanded and extended investigation, to Mr. Espy's prejudice." [FN23] The defendant's
assertion is neither grounded in fact nor law.
Defendant's Motion to Dismiss the Indictment for Defects in the Institution of the
Prosecution ("Mt. to Dismiss for Defects") at 1.
 The defendant's motion is denied because it fails to allege that the current
indictment was the product of the alleged questionable referral. In fact, as the
government correctly points out, the 39-count indictment was within the IC's original
jurisdiction granted by the Special Division. As discussed above, on September 9, 1994,
the Special Division appointed an independent counsel pursuant to 28 U.S.C. s 593(b) to
to the maximum extent authorized by the Independent Counsel Reauthorization Act of
1994 whether [Secretary Espy] has committed a violation of any federal criminal law ...
relating to any way to the acceptance of gifts by him from organizations or individuals
with business pending before the Department of Agriculture.
In re Alphonso Espy, Div. 94-2, Order at 1-2 (D.C.Cir.Sp.Div. Sept. 9, 1994).
The Special Division further provided the IC with authority to investigate
other allegations or evidence of violations of any federal criminal law ... by any
organization or individual developed during the Independent Counsel's investigation ...
and connected with or arising out of that investigation.
Id. at 2. The IC was also granted the jurisdiction
to seek indictments and prosecute any organization or individuals involved in any of
the matters [outlined in the order], who are reasonably believed to have committed a
violation of any federal law arising out of such matters, including organizations or
individuals who have engaged in an unlawful conspiracy or who have aided or abetted any
Id. Finally, the IC was vested with the authority to
... fully investigate and prosecute the subject matter with respect to which the
Attorney General requested the appointment of independent counsel ... and all matters and
individuals whose acts may be related to that subject matter.
Id. at 3. Based on this grant of authority from the Special Division, the IC obtained
a 39-count grand jury indictment charging the defendant with various criminal conduct
spanning a two year period. There is no indication that the indictment arose from the
Special Division's referral. The defendant baldly alleges that the indictment is tainted
by the IC's ultra vires investigation. The defendant, however, fails to specify which
count in the indictment was the product of the referral, and in what manner he is
prejudiced. Accordingly, without concrete showing that the current indictment depends on
the alleged questionable referral, the court concludes that there is no defect in the
institution of prosecution.
 Moreover, the defendant's motion to dismiss for defects in the institution of
prosecution requests that the court review the Special Division's decision to grant the
IC's referral application. The court, however, concludes that it does not have the power
to sit as an appellate tribunal to review the decision of the Special Division. The court
in United States v. Blackley dealt with this precise issue as presented before the court,
namely whether the Special Division exceeded its authority when it referred related
matters to the IC over the objection of the Attorney General. The Blackley court cogently
Congress designated the Special Division a "division of the United States Court
of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit" 28 U.S.C. s 49. For this court to
review the constitutionality of the referral jurisdiction granted In re Espy [80 F.3d 501
(D.C.Cir.1996)] would require it to sit in an appellate capacity over the D.C. Circuit,
which it cannot and will not do ... Nor may this court substitute its own constitutional
analysis of s 594(e) and conclude that the concurrence of the Attorney General is required
before the Special Division can refer related matters.
986 F.Supp. 607, 616 (D.D.C. 1997) (J. Lamberth). This court is persuaded by the
holding in Blackley. Accordingly, the court denies the defendant's motion to dismiss the
indictment for defects in the institution of the prosecutor.
VIII. Granting in part and Denying in part Defendant's Motion for a Bill of
The defendant's motion for a bill of particulars includes a considerable list of
"interrogatory" type questions requesting the government to provide him with
more specific details of the charges against him. The defendant complains that the
indictment is insufficient to permit him to prepare a defense. The defendant requests,
inter alia, that the government particularly identify the official acts or action which
the defendant allegedly "performed and [was to] perform" on behalf of
individuals and entities that provided the defendants with things of value. The
defendant's motion shall be denied in part and granted in part.
 Under the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure, it is within the sound discretion
of the court to determine whether a bill of particulars should be provided. Fed.R.Crim.P.
7(f); United States v. Butler, 822 F.2d 1191, 1193-94 (D.C.Cir.1987). The purpose of a
bill of particulars is to apprise the defendant of the charges lodged against him and of
the essential facts of the crime. United States v. NYNEX Corp., 781 F.Supp. 19, 22
(D.D.C.1991). "If the indictment is sufficiently specific, or if the requested
information is available in some other form, then a bill of particulars is not
required." Butler, 822 F.2d at 1193. However, a motion for a bill of particulars
should be granted if the request is particularized and the requested information is
necessary to prevent unfair surprise at trial. United States v. Madeoy, 652 F.Supp. 371,
374 (D.D.C.1987) aff'd 912 F.2d 1486 (D.C.Cir.1990).
 Here, the government's 51-page indictment sufficiently informs the defendant of
the charges against him to allow the defendant to prepare a defense against all the counts
in the indictment. Specifically, the indictment contains 14 paragraphs of underlying
background facts parsed into subsections. The background facts include the duration of the
defendant's alleged criminal conduct; the unlawful nature of the defendant's conduct; the
names of the corporations and individuals who provided improper things of value; the value
of the gifts and gratuities allegedly received by the defendant; and the specific dates
when the defendant purportedly received these gifts and gratuities.
Furthermore, the government also has, pursuant to Fed.R.Crim.P. 16, turned over to the
defendant "150 boxes of documents, records and memoranda from dozens of
sources." [FN24] Prior to trial, the government will also have the affirmative duty
to submit to the defendant any exculpatory evidence under Brady v. Maryland, 373 U.S. 83,
83 S.Ct. 1194, 10 L.Ed.2d 215 (1963), and additional relevant evidence under the Jencks
Act and Giglio v. United States, 405 U.S. 150, 92 S.Ct. 763, 31 L.Ed.2d 104 (1972). It is
from these materials that the government will prosecute its case in chief. As such,
"[t]he government need not [additionally] reveal to the defendant the precise
manner in which it intends to prove its case." United States v. Coleman, 940 F.Supp.
15, 19 (D.D.C.1996). "It is not the function of a bill of particulars to provide
detailed disclosure of the government's evidence." United States v. Whitehorn, 710
F.Supp. 803, 821 (D.D.C.1989). Accordingly, the court concludes that the government's
indictment contains sufficient factual details and the allegations contained therein to
apprise the defendant of the charges against him to allow him to present an effective
defense. The defendant's motion for a bill of particulars is denied.
States' Opposition to Motion for Bill of Particulars ("Opp. to Bill of
Particulars") at 1.
 The motion will be granted, however, as it relates to the defendant's request for
the basis of the government's allegations that the defendant solicited and received things
of value "for and because of official acts performed and to be performed by defendant
Espy" (emphasis added). Indictment at ¶ 20. This basis is necessary to avoid unfair
surprise at trial and is needed for the defendant to prepare a defense to allegations that
include, but are not limited to, the violation of the Wire and Mail Fraud statutes.
Madeoy, 652 F.Supp. at 374. Accordingly, the court grants the defendant's motion for a
bill of particulars to the extent that it seeks from the government the conduct, date,
place and substance of each official act referred in the indictment.
IX. Granting in part and Denying in part Defendant's Motion to Strike Surplusage
 The defendant moves to strike surplusage language from the indictment
claiming that some of these extraneous terms or words are irrelevant and prejudicial to
the allegations against the defendant. This court has held that "[m]otions to strike
surplusage from an indictment are highly disfavored in this Circuit." United States
v. Watt, 911 F.Supp. 538, 554 (D.D.C.1995), United States v. Jordan, 626 F.2d 928
(D.C.Cir.1980). "The standard under Rule 7(d) has been strictly construed against
striking surplusage." Id. (quoting United States v. Jordan, 626 F.2d 928, 930 n. 1
(D.C.Cir.1980)). Striking surplusage should only be used in the rarest of circumstances.
United States v. Rezaq, 908 F.Supp. 6, 8 (D.D.C.1995). According to a preeminent treatise
on criminal procedure:
[A] motion to strike surplusage should be granted only if it is clear that the
allegations are not relevant to the charge and are inflammatory and prejudicial. This is
rather exacting standard, and only rarely has surplusage has been stricken.
Watt, 911 F.Supp. at 554 (quoting 1 Charles A. Wright, Federal Practice and
Procedures: Criminal s 127, at 426 (2d Ed.1982)); see Rezaq, 908 F.Supp. at 8. The
district court has wide discretion to strike surplusage terms that are prejudicial,
irrelevant, and inflammatory. United States v. Poindexter, 725 F.Supp. 13, 35
a. Denying Defendant's Motion to Strike Background Paragraphs
 The defendant moves to strike the background paragraphs of the indictment
claiming that they contain the government's narrative and interpretation, which have no
relevance to the charges against the defendant. The court disagrees. In this case, the
background of the indictment is essential because it provides the defendant and the jury
with the factual bases surrounding the charges against the defendant. Specifically, the
background provides the jury "the full scope of defendant's activities, and ...
place[s] the defendant's conduct in the appropriate context." Watt, 911 F.Supp. at
553. Furthermore, the background is needed to properly apprise the defendant so he may
prepare a defense. Accordingly, the defendant's motion to strike the introductory
paragraphs is denied.
b. Striking Terms Suggesting Uncharged Misconduct
 The defendant claims that the government's use of terms such as "included,
but were not limited to," "and others," "including, but not limited
to," and "in substance and among other things" is prejudicial and
immaterial to the charges lodged against the defendant. In support of his argument, the
defendant contends that these terms suggest that he is being "accused of criminal
acts in addition to those explicitly charged in the substantive counts of the
indictment." The court agrees.
"To expect the jury to assume that the inclusion of language indicative of
additional misconduct has no real meaning and does not charge the defendant  with
additional crime merely because it is contained in [the indictment] ... is to ascribe to a
jury of laymen an ability to draw distinction that even lawyers have difficulty
making." Whitehorn, 710 F.Supp. at 819. This court has found that "[these terms]
may encourage the jury to draw inferences that the defendant [is] believed to be involved
in activities not charged in the indictment." Id. (quoting United States v. Hubbard,
474 F.Supp. 64, 82 (D.D.C.1979) (internal citation omitted)). The exclusion of these terms
does not alter the substance of the indictment against the defendant. Furthermore, the
government, on the other hand, fails to demonstrate any meaningful purpose for the
inclusion of these terms In fact, striking these terms from the indictment would
crystalize the charges and would better inform the jury of the essential substance of the
indictment. Fed.R.Crim.P. 7(d) provides the court with wide discretion to strike terms or
language that are immaterial or irrelevant to the indictment at issue. Poindexter, 725
F.Supp. at 35. Accordingly, the court concludes that the terms objected to by the
defendant are unnecessary to the indictment. The court grants the defendant's motion as it
relates to terms suggesting uncharged misconduct.
c. Denying Motion to Strike References to "Girlfriends" and to the
 The court shall deny the defendant's request to strike the terms
"girlfriends" (plural) and "family members" (plural) from the
indictment. The defendant claims that "the charging paragraphs of the indictment
contain no charges involving Mr. Espy's family members and refer only to a single
girlfriend," [FN25] and it would be prejudicial to the defendant if the indictment
references his family and "girlfriends" (plural). In response, the government
states that it will demonstrate that the defendant's receipt of gratuities went to more
than one woman and served more than one member of his family. [FN26]
Surplusage Mt. at 5.
Government's Opposition at 11-12.
Fed.R.Crim.P. 7(c)(1) only requires that the indictment contains "a plain,
concise and definite written statement of the essential facts constituting the offense
charged." There is no requirement that the government must prove its theory of the
case in the indictment. United States v. Edmond, 924 F.2d 261, 269 (D.C.Cir.1991). In this
case, the indictment sufficiently apprises the defendant of the charges lodged against
him. Whether the government can present sufficient evidence to demonstrate that more than
one girlfriend and more than one family member are involved is a matter for trial.
Critzer, 951 F.2d at 307. In the absence of a showing of prejudice or irrelevancy, the
issue of whether more than one "girlfriend" or "family member" is
involved should be resolved by the trier of fact. Thus, the court denies this part of the
d. Denying Motion to Strike Unnecessary Totals and Annual Revenues of Entities
 The defendant fails to persuade the court that the "aggregation of the
dollar amount of the gratuities allegedly received misleads the jury as to the scope of
the actual charges against Mr. Espy." [FN27] The defendant asserts that the
indictment unnecessarily totals the monetary amounts of the gratuities that he allegedly
received. However, the sums of the gratuities purportedly received by the defendant do not
alter the values of the itemized gratuities. In other words, the sum is not greater than
its parts. In fact, the sums of these gratuities function to provide the jury with the
proper context surrounding the defendant's alleged misconduct. These sums do not in anyway
alter the scope or substance of the allegations contained in the indictment. The court,
therefore, denies the defendant's motion to strike the gratuities totals.
Surplusage Mt. at 7.
 With regard to whether the inclusion of the entities' annual revenues prejudices
the defendant, he similarly fails to demonstrate that the presence of these entities'
annual revenues in the indictment would prejudice the defendant. The indictment provides a
list of names of individuals and entities from which the defendant allegedly received
gifts and gratuities. Specifically, the indictment sets forth "the annual revenues of
and similar facts about the [entities] that allegedly gave gratuities to [the
defendant.]" [FN28] For example, the indictment describes Sun Diamond as a California
agricultural cooperative corporation with approximate annual revenues of $648 million.
Indictment at ¶ 8(a). The indictment also describes Tyson, as a poultry and meat
processing corporation with approximately $5 billion in annual revenues. The defendant
suggests that these revenues are irrelevant and will prejudice the jury.
Surplusage Mt. at 7.
However, the defendant fails to point to a specific instance in which the revenues of
these entities are manifestly prejudicial. The defendant merely asserts that "[these
entities' annual revenues] serve only to prejudice Mr. Espy in the eyes of the jury by
implying that the receipt of a gratuity from a corporation with '$5 billion in annual
revenues' is somehow more culpable that [sic] accepting a gratuity from a more modest
source." [FN29] This contention in unavailing. In fact, the inclusion of these
entities' revenues assists the jury to understand the full scope of the defendant's
alleged misconduct and places the defendant's alleged receipt of gratuities in the proper
context. Furthermore, the inclusion also properly informs the jury and defendant of the
entities with which the government alleges that defendant had dealings. "The need for
a clear and concise indictment must be balanced against the compelling interest in
presenting an organized indictment that lends structure to a complicated case involving
numerous charges." Watt, 911 F.Supp. at 556. Accordingly, the court denies the
defendant's motion to strike the entities' annual revenues from the indictment.
FN29. Id. at
e. Striking References to "Prohibited Sources"
 Finally, the defendant argues that the "frequent references to 'prohibited
sources' [is] misleading and inflammatory." [FN30] The court agrees. The term
"prohibited sources," as used in the indictment, refers to "persons, firms
and entities" from which the defendant allegedly received gifts and gratuities.
Indictment at ¶ 6(b). In United States v. Hubbard, the court struck the term
"illegally" from the indictment because it was prejudicial and irrelevant. 474
F.Supp. 64, 84 (D.D.C.1979). The Hubbard court reasoned that "the use of such [a]
colorful word" was "improper where [a] less colorful and more accurate word
would suffice." Id. Here, the term "prohibited sources" does not provide
additional insight into the charges against the defendant, but it only serves to suggest
to the jury that the defendant's alleged receipt of gratuities from these entities
constitute criminal conduct before he has an opportunity to defend himself. A more neutral
term should be employed to describe these entities without altering the essential
substance of the indictment. Accordingly, the court shall strike the term "prohibited
sources" from the indictment.
Surplusage Mt. at 8.
X. Denying Defendant's Motion to Dismiss Count 35 of the Indictment for Failure to
State an Offense
Count 35 of the indictment charges the defendant with Tampering with a Witness in
violation of 18 U.S.C. s 1512(b)(2)(A), (B) and (b)(3). The defendant moves to dismiss
Count 35 of the Indictment because it fails to allege (i) the defendant acted
"knowingly", and (ii) the material facts to support a charge under 18 U.S.C. s
1512. After viewing the indictment in its entirety the court concludes the elements of
Federal Criminal Procedure 7(c)(1) are met because there are sufficient facts to enable
the defendant to prepare a defense of the offense of which he is charged.
The test for sufficiency of the indictment is whether it would be fair to require the
accused to defend himself on the basis of the charge as stated in the indictment. United
States v. Conlon, 628 150, 155 (D.C.Cir.1980). The specific charge must inform the
defendant to enable him to prepare a defense and to protect him from double jeopardy.
United States v. Poindexter, 725 F.Supp. 13, 20-21 (D.D.C.1989) (citations omitted). The
sufficiency of the indictment is not a question of whether it could have been more
definite and certain but whether it contains the elements of the offense intended to be
charged. United States v. Debrow, 346 U.S. 374, 376, 74 S.Ct. 113, 114, 98 L.Ed. 92 (1953)
 Count 35 uses the statutory language of 18 U.S.C. s 1512(b)(2)(A), (B) and (b)(3)
to charge the defendant for a Tampering with the Witness offense. Count 35 in sum alleges
that the defendant engaged in misleading conduct toward a USDA employee with the intent to
commit certain proscribed conduct. See Indictment ¶ 30. Section 1512 differs only in that
it provides in pertinent part, "whoever knowingly ... engages in misleading conduct
... with the intent to" commit certain proscribed conduct. The defendant contends
that the failure to include the word "knowingly" renders Count 35 insufficient
to state an offense under Section 1512. The court disagrees.
Count 35 incorporates the background section of the indictment, paragraphs 1 through
14, as well as paragraphs 26 through 28. These paragraphs provide the defendant with an
adequate factual basis supporting the charge against which he must defend. Specifically,
paragraphs 12, 27, 28, along with the date, location, and circumstances under which the
allegedly unlawful activity occurred, state that the defendant "caused" and
"knowingly" committed certain acts. These acts include "caus[ing] his staff
to prepare and deliver" an altered travel itinerary to the USDA Inspector General
after being requested to produce a copy of it for particular dates. See Indictment ¶¶
12, 28. Further, the indictment alleges that the defendant "caused and made to be
delivered" altered itinerary schedules because he "knowingly" made
fraudulent representations to the USDA Inspector General about receiving unlawful
gratuities from certain sources. See id. at ¶ 28. Taken together, these facts fairly
import guilty knowledge and enough factual detail to enable him to prepare a defense.
The defendant's second argument that the indictment's failure to allege certain
material facts to properly support a charge under 18 U.S.C. s 1512 is unavailing.
Specifically, there is no requirement that the government has to specify how the
defendant's conduct was "misleading" as proscribed in the statute. As discussed
above, use of the statutory language and the detailed background section provide the
defendant enough information to inform him of the offense and acts which he is charged for
committing. Additionally, the indictment's failure to identify certain individuals who
were allegedly targets of the defendant' "misleading conduct" is not a valid
ground for dismissal. Such information might be a proper subject for a Bill of Particulars
and/or a discovery request. Accordingly, the court denies this motion.
XI. Granting the Defendant's Motion to Dismiss Counts 26 through 28 of the Indictment
for failure to State an Offense under the Meat Inspection Act
Counts 26-28 of the indictment allege that the defendant violated the gratuities
provision of the Meat Inspection Act, 21 U.S.C. s 622, by accepting "gifts and things
of value totaling approximately $4,221 ... from persons, firms, and corporation engaged in
commerce and subject to the Act." Indictment at ¶ 22. The defendant moves to dismiss
these counts for failure to state an offense under the Meat Inspection Act, 21 U.S.C. s
622. Specifically, the defendant urges the court to dismiss these counts on two grounds.
First, the defendant argues that Section 622 of the Meat Inspection Act only applies to
on-site meat inspectors and does not reach the Secretary of Agriculture. Second, if
applied to the Secretary of Agriculture, the statute is unconstitutional because it
violates the Separation of Powers Doctrine.
a. s 622 Requires A Narrow Construction as Applied to the Secretary of Agriculture
Section 622 provides, in pertinent part, that
any inspector, deputy inspector, chief inspector, or other officer or employee of the
United States authorized to perform any of the duties prescribed by this subchapter who
shall accept any money, gift, or other thing of value from any person, firm, or
corporation engaged in commerce any gift, money, or other thing of value, given with any
purpose or intent whatsoever, shall be deemed guilty of a felony and shall, upon
conviction, thereof, be summarily discharged from office ... (emphasis added).
Section 622, as it applies to meat inspectors, is clear on its face. United States v.
Seuss, 474 F.2d 385, 389 n. 7 (1st Cir.1973). However, the statute loses its facial
clarity when it is made to apply to the Secretary of Agriculture because he is a cabinet
member and cannot be "summarily discharged from office" as prescribed by the
statute. Under the facts of this case, the court concludes that Section 622 does not
include the Secretary of Agriculture within its ambit.
 In determining whether Section 622 applies to the Secretary of Agriculture, the
court must first examine the language of the statute. Section 622 is essentially a
criminal statute. Seuss, 474 F.2d 385, 389 n. 6 (1st Cir.1973). "A criminal statute
... is to be strictly construed, but it is 'not to be construed so strictly as to defeat
the obvious intention of the legislature.' " Barrett v. U.S., 423 U.S. 212, 218, 96
S.Ct. 498, 502, 46 L.Ed.2d 450 (1976) (quoting American Fur Co. v. United States, 27 U.S.
358, 367, 2 Pet. 358, 367, 7 L.Ed. 450 (1829)). This is especially true when the literal
reading or " 'application of a statute will produce a result demonstrably at odds
with the intentions of its drafters.' " Saadeh v. Farouki, 107 F.3d 52, 58
(D.C.Cir.1997) (quoting Griffin v. Oceanic Contractors, Inc., 458 U.S. 564, 571, 102 S.Ct.
3245, 3250, 73 L.Ed.2d 973 (1982)). Consequently, the court " 'must search for other
evidence of congressional intent to lend [the statute] its proper scope.' " Id. at 58
(quoting Green v. Bock Laundry Mach. Co., 490 U.S. 504, 509, 109 S.Ct. 1981, 1984-85, 104
L.Ed.2d 557 (1989)). In addition, the court must construe statutes to avoid constitutional
infirmities whenever possible. Eubanks v. Wilkinson, 937 F.2d 1118, 1122 (6th Cir.1991).
Therefore, "where an otherwise acceptable construction of a statute would raise
serious constitutional problems, the [c]ourt will construe the statute to avoid such
problems, unless such construction is plainly contrary to the intent of Congress."
Saadeh, 107 F.3d at 58 (quoting Edward J. DeBartolo Corp. v. Florida Gulf Coast Bldg. And
Construction Trades Council, 485 U.S. 568, 575, 108 S.Ct. 1392, 1397- 98, 99 L.Ed.2d 645
(1988)). "This approach ... reflects the prudential concern that constitutional
issues not be needlessly confronted," Id. at 575, 108 S.Ct. at 1397, "when a
statute is 'readily susceptible' to a narrowing construction that would make it
constitutional." Eubanks, 937 F.2d at 1122; Saadeh, 107 F.3d at 58 ("where the
evidence of congressional intent supports an interpretation that avoids [constitutional]
problems, the court will adopt it.")
Section 622 mandates that an officer or employee of the United States, who is
authorized to inspect meat, be summarily discharged if convicted for accepting gifts or
other things of value. However, a Secretary of Agriculture cannot be "summarily
discharged" by a federal statute enacted by Congress. "The Constitution does not
contemplate an active role for Congress in the supervision of officers charged with
execution of the laws it enacts." Bowsher v. Synar, 478 U.S. 714, 722, 106 S.Ct.
3181, 3186, 92 L.Ed.2d 583 (1986). Once an officer has been appointed by the President and
confirmed by the Senate, U.S. Const. art. II, s 2, that officer can be removed only upon
impeachment by the House of Representatives and conviction by the Senate. Bowsher, 478
U.S. at 723, 106 S.Ct. at 3186. "A direct congressional role in the removal of
officers charged with the execution of the law beyond this limited one is inconsistent
with separation of powers." Id.
 Here, the defendant was an officer of the United States within the meaning of
Article II of the Constitution. See 7 U.S.C. s 2202 ("[t]he Department of Agriculture
shall be ... under the supervision and control of a Secretary of Agriculture, who shall be
appointed by the President, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate."). The
defendant served as the Secretary of the Department of Agriculture until his resignation
on December 31, 1994. Because the defendant was a Secretary he could not have been
"summarily discharged" as provided in Section 622. Under these facts, the court
must interpret Section 622 to avoid unnecessary analysis of the constitutionality issues.
Edward J. DeBartolo Corp., 485 U.S. at 575, 108 S.Ct. at 1397; Eubanks, 937 F.2d at 1122.
Since Congress could not have intended to write s 622 in a fashion to offend the
separation of powers doctrine, it could not have planned to include the Secretary of
Agriculture as one covered by the section. Given the clear language that one who violates
s 622 is subject to summary discharge, then, logically, Congress could not have
contemplated the Secretary as a person who is subject to the statute's strictures and, if
violated, its consequential penalties. To conclude otherwise is to invite an analysis of
whether the statute, as applied to the defendant, can withstand constitutional scrutiny--a
discouraged practice in federal courts. For this reason, a narrow interpretation of the
statute in this case is warranted to avoid striking s 622 for violating the separation of
powers doctrine. A narrow construction of Section 622 compels the court to conclude that
the defendant, a former Secretary of Agriculture, was not a proscribed person for purposes
of the anti-gratuities provision of the Meat Inspection Act.
b. A Narrow Construction of s 622 Results in its Non-Applicability to the Secretary of
A narrow construction of s 622 begins with its own language. Section 622 prohibits
"any inspector, deputy inspector, chief inspector, or other officer or employee of
the United States authorized to perform any of the duties prescribed by this subchapter
" from accepting things of value from entities or individuals engaged in interstate
agricultural commerce. 21 U.S.C. s 622.
The government advances a forceful argument that the ordinary meaning of the phrase
"officer or employee of the United States" embraces the Secretary of
Agriculture. The government argues that s 622 refers to individuals "authorized"
to perform meat-inspection duties; it does not require the actual performance of such
duties. The government further contends that the Secretary of Agriculture is authorized to
perform any responsibilities that he delegates, including those of meat inspectors. The
government relies on 7 C.F.R. s 2.12 (1997), which states that "[n]o delegation of
authority by the Secretary ... contained in this part or elsewhere shall preclude the
Secretary ... from exercising any of the authority so delegated." Based on 7 C.F.R. s
2.12, the government asserts that the Secretary is a chief meat inspector for the purposes
of s 622. This argument suffers from two infirmities.
First, Congress did not intend for s 622 to cover the Secretary of Agriculture. The
Meat Inspection Act was enacted as a result of Upton Sinclair's 1906 novel, The Jungle.
See Seuss, 474 F.2d at 388. [FN31] The novel vividly described the unsanitary conditions
of the meat packing industry. As a result, in 1906, Congress enacted the Meat Inspection
Act granting the Secretary of Agriculture the authority to hire inspectors to inspect
establishments that process raw meat and meat by-products for commerce and human
consumption. See 21 U.S.C. s 608. The Meat Inspection Act did not define who could be a
meat inspector. However, one year after its enactment, the Department of Agriculture
transmitted a statement to Congress apprising it of "the number of persons employed
in such inspections and [their] salary..." [FN32] This statement contained an
exhaustive listing of the names and titles of those vested with the duties to inspect
meat. [FN33] Noticeably absent from the statement of "the persons employed under the
meat- inspection law" was the Secretary of Agriculture.
Sharlene W. Lassiter, From Hoof to Hamburger: The Fiction of a Safe Meat Supply, 33
Willamette L.Rev. 411, 446 (Spr.1997).
James Wilson, Dep't of Agriculture, Persons Employed Under the Meat-Inspection Law, H.R.
Doc. 59-759, at 1-70 (1907) (2d Sess.), reprinted in 53 House Documents Serial No. 5156
In fact, the Meat Inspection Act does not vest the Secretary of Agriculture with meat
inspection duties, but rather it recognizes his authority to promulgate and implement
rules and regulations executing the Act. This is demonstrated by the several provisions in
the statute that specifically require the Secretary of Agriculture to "appoint"
inspectors and "cause to be made" inspections of meat processing establishments.
See 21 U.S.C. s 601 et seq., [FN34] Cf. 7 C.F.R. s 2.18(a)(1)(ii)(B) (1997) (the
Undersecretary for Food and Safety is to "exercise the functions of the Secretary of
Agriculture contained in ... the Federal Meat Inspection Act ... and related
legislation"). Accordingly, the structure and the legislative history of the Meat
Inspection Act show that Congress did not intend to include the Secretary of Agriculture
within the grasp of s 622.
"... the Secretary shall cause to be made by inspectors appointed for that purpose
..." Section 603; "... the Secretary shall cause ... a post mortem examination
and inspection of the carcasses ..." Section 604; "... the Secretary shall cause
to be made ... an examination and inspection of all meat food products prepared for
commerce ..." Section 606; "the Secretary shall cause to be made, by experts in
sanitation or by other competent inspectors, such inspection ..." Section 608;
"... the Secretary shall cause an examination and inspection [of all meat] made
during the nighttime as well as the daytime ..." Section 609; "... the Secretary
shall cause to made careful inspection of [meat] intended or offered for export ..."
Section 615; "... the Secretary may appoint inspectors who shall [issue] official
certificates ..." Section 616; "[t]he Secretary shall appoint from time to time
inspectors to make examination and inspection ... and shall ... make rules and regulations
as are necessary for the efficient execution of the provisions of this subchapter."
Second, s 622 does not expressly or contextually recognize the Secretary of
Agriculture as covered under the Act. "Statutory construction ... is a holistic
endeavor." United Savings Assoc. of Texas v. Timbers of Inwood Forest Assoc. Ltd.,
484 U.S. 365, 371, 108 S.Ct. 626, 630, 98 L.Ed.2d 740 (1988). "Just as a single word
cannot be read in isolation, nor can be a single provision of a statute." Smith v.
United States, 508 U.S. 223, 233, 113 S.Ct. 2050, 2056, 124 L.Ed.2d 138 (1993). A holistic
approach requires the court to examine a particular provision within the overall structure
of the statute. See id. Thus, " 'where Congress includes particular language in one
section of a statute but omits it in another section of the same [a]ct, it is generally
presumed that Congress acts intentionally and purposely in the disparate inclusion or
exclusion.' " Russello v. United States, 464 U.S. 16, 23, 104 S.Ct. 296, 300, 78
L.Ed.2d 17 (1983). Here, s 622 cannot be read in isolation, but must be construed in the
overall context of the Meat Inspection Act. Such an approach reveals that the several
sections that precede s 622 specifically refer to the Secretary and his authorities under
the Meat Inspection Act. [FN35] This omission is further evidence of Congress's choice not
to include the Secretary of Agriculture under s 622's coverage.
Sections 603, 604, 606, 608, 609, 615, 616, and 621 of the Federal Meat Inspection Act.
Furthermore, s 622 is quite specific in listing individuals proscribed under the Meat
Inspection Act from accepting things of value. Section 622 contains three specific
terms--"inspectors, deputy inspectors, chief inspector"--then sets forth the
broad terms of "any officer or employee of the United States ..." The D.C.
Circuit has explained that this statutory structure "brings to mind a longstanding
canon of statutory construction, ejusdem generis. Under that familiar canon, where the
general words follow the enumeration of particular class of things, the general words are
... construed as applying only to things of the same general class as those
enumerated." American Min. Congress v. EPA, 824 F.2d 1177, 1189 (D.C.Cir.1987). Here,
the specific terms of "inspector, deputy inspector, and chief inspector"
immediately precede the broader terms of "officer or employee of the United
States." Therefore, the terms "officer or employee" must be construed to
mean those who perform the duties of meat inspectors. Under this reasoning, the defendant,
although a former employee of the United States, is not embraced by the provisions of s
In summary, under the facts of this case, the court concludes that Congress did not
intend for s 622 to extend to the Secretary of Agriculture. Thus, the court grants the
defendant's motion to dismiss Counts 26-28 from the indictment for failure to allege an
offense under the Meat Inspection Act.
XII. Granting the Defendant's Motion to Dismiss Count 39 of the Indictment for Failure
to State an Offense under 18 U.S.C. s 1001
Count 39 of the indictment charges the defendant with a violation of 18 U.S.C. s 1001
for making false statements regarding his alleged receipt of illegal gratuities to the
President's Chief of Staff and Counsel in 1994. The government contends that the
defendant's statements violated Section 1001 because they occurred "in a matter
within the jurisdiction of the Executive Office of the President, within the Executive
Branch, a department of the United States." (emphasis added). Thus, the narrow issue
presented in this motion is whether Section 1001, as interpreted prior to its 1996
amendments, included the President's Chief of Staff and Counsel as an executive
"department" within the meaning of this section. For the reasons stated below
the court dismisses this count because the defendant's alleged false statements were not
made in matters within the jurisdiction of any executive "department" of the
 Section 1001 criminalizes false statements if made "in any matter within the
jurisdiction of any department or agency of the United States." 18 U.S.C. s 1001. In
Hubbard v. United States, 514 U.S. 695, 115 S.Ct. 1754, 131 L.Ed.2d 779 (1995), the
Supreme Court held that the term "department" applies only to departments of the
executive branch. In determining that federal courts were not "departments"
within the meaning of the statute, the Supreme Court relied heavily on the statutory
definition of "department" as set forth in 18 U.S.C. s 6. Section 6 provides
that unless the "context shows" otherwise, for all Title 18 offenses,
"department" means one of the executive departments enumerated in 5 U.S.C. s
101. [FN36] Hubbard, 514 U.S. at 700, 115 S.Ct. at 1757-58.
Executive "departments" as enumerated in 5 U.S.C. s 101 are the Departments of
State, Treasury, Defense, Justice, Interior, Agriculture, Commerce, Labor, Health and
Human Services, Housing and Urban Development, Transportation, Energy, Education, and
Under 5 U.S.C. s 101, neither the President's Chief of Staff nor White House Counsel
is listed as an the executive "department." Therefore, any false statements made
to them cannot be prosecuted as an 18 U.S.C. s 1001 offense. Additionally, no persuasive
reason exists to deviate from the clear statutory language of Section 101 to include them
as a "department." The government has not demonstrated any "powerful"
or "strong" reason to suggest the "context" of this section
"shows" that Congress meant to include the President's Chief of Staff and White
House Counsel as an executive "department." Id. at 700-01, 115 S.Ct. at 1757-58.
In fact, the government concedes that 18 U.S.C. s 6 limits the terms
"department" to the 14 departments enumerated in 5 U.S.C. s 101. Opposition to
Def.'s Mem. Count 39 at 13. Accordingly, the court dismisses Count 39 of the indictment
because it lacks the requisite jurisdictional elements to support a sufficient charge
under 18 U.S.C. s 1001.
A separate Order for Entry of Judgment Accompanies this Omnibus Opinion and Order.
In accordance with the Omnibus Opinion and Order issued on the 22 day of December,
1997, it is this 22 day of December, 1997,
ORDERED that Defendant Michael Espy's Motion to Dismiss Counts 1 through 7 and Counts
9 through 12 of the Indictment for failure to State an Offense be and is hereby DENIED
super* ; [FN1]
*Defendant may re-bring these resolved motions if timely justified by the decision in
United States v. Sun-Diamond, Cr. Action No. 97-3072 (D.C.Cir.1997), now pending before
the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.
FURTHER ORDERED that Defendant Michael Espy's Motion to Dismiss Counts 9 through 12 of
the Indictment be and is hereby DENIED super* ;
ORDERED that Defendant Michael Espy's Motion to Dismiss Counts 13 through 25 of the
Indictment for failure to State an Offense be and is hereby DENIED super* ;
FURTHER ORDERED that Defendant Michael Espy's Motion to Dismiss Counts 14, 20, 23 of
the Indictment be and is hereby DENIED super* ;
ORDERED that Defendant Michael Espy's Motion to Dismiss Counts 29-33 of the Indictment
for failure to State an Offense Under the Travel Act be and is hereby DENIED super* ;
FURTHER ORDERED that Defendant Michael Espy's Motion to Dismiss All Counts of the
Indictment as Duplicitous be and is hereby DENIED;
ORDERED that Defendant Michael Espy's Motion to Dismiss All Counts of the Indictment
for Defects in the Institution of the Prosecution be and is hereby DENIED;
FURTHER ORDERED that Defendant Michael Espy's Motion for a Bill of Particulars be and
is hereby GRANTED in part and DENIED in part;
ORDERED that Defendant Michael Espy's Motion to Strike Surplusage be and is hereby
GRANTED in part and DENIED in part;
FURTHER ORDERED that Defendant Michael Espy's Motion to Dismiss Count 35 of the
Indictment for Failure to State an Offense be and is hereby DENIED;
ORDERED that Defendant Michael Espy's Motion to Dismiss Counts 26 through 28 of the
Indictment for failure to State an Offense under the Meat Inspection Act be and is hereby
GRANTED; and it is
FURTHER ORDERED that Defendant Michael Espy's Motion to Dismiss Count 39 of the
Indictment for Failure to State an Offense under 18 U.S.C. s 1001 be and is hereby