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DEFENDANTS were indicted for recruiting illegal aliens to work as bar waitresses and coercing them to engage in sex with patrons. The court denied defendants’ individual motions for bills of particulars under Federal Rule of Criminal Procedure 7(f) and severance of their trials. In denying the requested bills of particulars, the court held the indictment and discovery provided defendants with sufficient details as to the nature of the charges against them. Further, their requests improperly sought evidentiary details beyond those charges, and the precise nature of the government’s trial evidence. In denying severance, the court deemed defendants properly joined pursuant to Rule 8(b) because the indictment charged them with the same conspiracies and substantive offenses. Codefendant Whaley’s statements to law enforcement were amenable to redaction and a limiting jury instruction, thus preventing any prejudice to the Rivera defendants. Further, discussing the factors in United States v. Finkelstein the court noted that because no defendant was willing to waive his Fifth Amendment privilege and testify against a codefendant at any severed trial, defendants failed to show substantial prejudice resulting from joint trial.

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