Federal Government Agrees to Pay $ 6.1 Million to Create Database for Capitol Riot Prosecutions
“Following the Capitol breach, the United States acknowledged that due to the nature and volume of the materials collected, the government would require the use of an outside contractor who could provide technology support services to litigation to include highly technical and specialized data and documents, examine capabilities, ”Assistant US Prosecutors Nadia Moore and William Dreher wrote in their submission.
“The government is working to provide defense lawyers with an unprecedented amount of documents in the most comprehensive and usable format,” Moore and Dreher said.
Government Procurement Database Shows Deloitte Secured $ 6.1 Million Delivery Order To Provide “Automated Litigation Support Services” As Of June 1 Of This Year At The U.S. Attorney’s Office In Washington , DC. five companies for these services at the Ministry of Justice.
The larger, ministry-wide contract, known as MEGA-5, is expected to last up to six and a half years and involve up to $ 1.5 billion in expenses.
A spokesperson for the Department of Justice did not respond to requests for comment on the contract. A message requesting comment from Deloitte was not immediately returned.
The database being built for the U.S. Attorney’s Office is just one of many put in place as part of the investigation and prosecution of the sprawling riots on Capitol Hill. The Federal Public Defender’s office in Washington, DC, is also considering hiring a contractor to help defense attorneys digest the massive amount of data, according to the same court file on Thursday.
“We understand that FPD is considering contracting with a supplier to establish databases that can be used to receive and conduct technical research on potentially discoverable materials. The government discovery team is in the process of identifying the scope and size of materials that can be delivered to FPD in as much detail as possible, so that FPD can get accurate quotes from potential database vendors, ” prosecutors wrote in a submission in the prosecution of two Florida men with suspected ties to the Proud Boys, Arthur Jackman and Paul Rae.
The FBI also appears to use various computer systems, including facial recognition technology, to scan massive amounts of video and isolate images of individual suspects. These photos and videos are then distributed by the FBI on social media as they attempt to identify suspects from information submitted by the public.
Under the Supreme Court precedent, prosecutors are required to turn over to the defense all relevant evidence that could benefit the defendants or assist in their defense. Prosecutors said they interpreted these obligations to mean that all those accused of the Capitol riots must have access to all or almost all of the evidence gathered as part of the investigation, which the Justice Department says is the largest criminal investigation in US history.