Let’s open the line with a mystery.
In the federal court document dump last week in the Jon Woods case there was also an order issued by federal Judge Timothy Brooks about documents filed under seal, described in the docket entry above and including a cooperation agreement. What does it mean?
Answer: I don’t know. The U.S. attorney, probably understandably, wouldn’t respond to my request for clarification.
We know that Jon Woods at one time was cooperating with the feds and then stopped. He also made a “proffer” of information that couldn’t be used against him.
The Protective Order No. 14 mentioned on the docket dates to last year and sets rules for how discovery evidence in the case is to be treated and kept confidential. But this order Friday references new documents.
Woods went to trial and was convicted. But it’s still possible, a defense lawyer tells me, that he has a cooperation agreement on other matters. It could be a factor in his sentencing. The Exhibit A cooperation agreement also could be one entered by another witness. Since the trial has been held, why would secrecy need to continue to apply? Perhaps there’s more to come.
For now, it’s just a note of intrigue. Any legal eagles are welcome to contribute their thoughts. Woods’ sentencing this week might unravel some of it.