Former Dewey & LeBoeuf attorneys and an employee enter Criminal Court for their March arraignment. From left with hands folded: Stephen DiCarmine, Zachary Warren, Joel Sanders and Steven Davis are led into court. (NYLJ/Rick Kopstein)
In the criminal case against Dewey & LeBoeuf’s former leaders, the office of Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. is seeking an order to prohibit all parties from unnecessarily disclosing witness names or other identifiable information to third parties.
In a letter filed Friday in advance of a pretrial conference scheduled for Monday before Justice Robert Stolz, the D.A. said defense counsel for the four Dewey defendants have approved the motion for the protective order.
“These cases have garnered significant media attention. Consequently, unnecessarily disclosing a witness name in a court filing could result in that witness being subjected to unjustified annoyance or embarrassment,” according to court papers signed by Assistant District Attorney Steve Pilnyak.
The D.A. is seeking to limit this risk by prohibiting the parties from “unnecessarily disclosing the name of any person who has not been charged with a crime related to his or her conduct at Dewey & LeBoeuf” and prohibiting the disclosure of addresses, phone numbers and places of work, among other things.
The prosecution said it intends to produce more than one million documents in the cases against Steven Davis, Stephen DiCarmine, Joel Sanders and Zachary Warren.
The request would permit parties to disclose a name “when it is necessary” and would not prejudice the defendants because they will receive the identifying information during the discovery process.