February 1, 2012: The FOIA Request

On February 1, 2012 I sent a FOIA request to Office of the U.S. Attorneys in Washington, D.C.

February 1, 2012

FOIA Staff, BICN Building
600 E Street, N.W., Room 7300
Washington, D.C. 20530-0001

ATTN: Freedom of Information and Privacy Act Officer

Dear FOIA Officer,

Under the Freedom of Information Act, I am requesting access to all exhibits presented in federal case 1:07-cr-00060-SSB-3, “United States of America vs. Paul H. Volkman,” which took place at the U.S. District Courthouse, in Cincinnati, between March 1, 2011 and May 10, 2011. These exhibits were admitted without objection and shown to members of the jury (and observers in the courtroom) during the trial. The case was presented by the office of U.S. Attorney Carter M. Stewart, Southern District of Ohio.

Specifically, I am requesting access to all materials listed in the Exhibit List filed by the government on August 18, 2011 (Doc. # 375), which include applications, inspection reports, licenses to distribute medication, dispensary logs, narcotic and poison record books, pharmacy and DEA drug logs, letters, PowerPoint presentations, videos, prescriptions, pain medication releases, pain management service agreements, physical examination records, medical records, photographs, death certificates, evidence labels, sketches and schematics of the Tri-State office, journal logs, controlled substances logs, emails, lab reports, sign-in sheets, plastic prescription containers, receipts, employee files, signs and notices from the Tri-State clinic, tax forms, patient history questionnaires, insurance reports, autopsy reports, complaints, impounding forms, toxicology reports, patient files, patient sign-in sheets, faxes, items found at patients’ residences, property leases, progress charts, handouts from yoga classes, pain medication explanation forms, and pain diaries. A complete list of exhibits is attached to this letter.

I am an author writing a book about the case. I seek the opportunity to inspect physical items, such as prescription bottles, and receive copies of all other materials (papers, photographs, DVDs, etc.) that can be re-produced. Please notify me if the fees for producing these records exceed $1,000. I agree to pay any fees up to that amount.

If you deny any part of this request, please cite each specific reason justifying your refusal to release the information. Please notify me of appeal procedures available under the law. If you have any questions processing this request, please contact me at [phone number] or philip.edward.eil@gmail.com.

Thank you,

Philip Eil