it be that of the President himself or those to whom he has delegated certain of his powers." (Emphasis added).
The case of Washington v. United States decided by our Court of Appeals in 1968 at 130 U.S. App. D.C. 374, 401 F.2d 915 held that deprivation of equal protection must be found in the actual existence of an invidious discrimination and not in the mere possibility that there will be like or similar cases that will be treated differently. It will not do to simply show, that enforcement of the law is lax or even that other offenders may go free, according to the learned Judge Stottswood W. Robinson, III.
The Washington case, supra, differs from the case at bar in two major respects, namely, that the issue of alleged denial of equal protection under the 14th Amendment or due process under the 5th Amendment was raised during the course of trial and not at pre-trial as in the case at bar. The right to an evidentiary hearing was not precisely decided in the Washington case because the decision by the Court was made on the merits in that opinion. But, nevertheless, the principles of law discussed therein are instructive here.
It should be noted that the defendant's proffer that the defendant labor leader Boyle and other labor leaders are in effect the only ones being prosecuted under Title 18 U.S.C. § 610 is not true, particularly since 1968 as the reported and unreported cases from various Federal District Courts around the country show. See 13 cases referred to on page 5 of the government's memorandum in response to Boyle's Motion to Dismiss on grounds of discriminatory enforcement. See also the three unreported cases of individual officers who have also been prosecuted: United States v. Seafarers International Union, (E.D.N.Y.), now pending; United States v. First Western State Bank, (D.N.D.), now pending; and United States v. Clougherty Packing Company, (C.D. Cal. 1969).
Accordingly, the Court holds that it has no jurisdiction in this case to review the decision of the Executive Branch and its attorneys who brought the instant indictment. Even if the Court did have jurisdiction in this case its exercise here would not only frustrate the will of Congress in enacting Section 610 but also open up a Pandora's box in connection with the administration of justice and the proper enforcement of our criminal laws.
As to the second issue, the Court holds that no evidentiary hearing is necessary or required in the light of the defendant Boyle's proffer as previously described herein. In the context of the present case, it would be a useless act and a waste of the Court's valuable time to take testimony when the proffer of evidence merely shows that there may possibly be some public officials and corporation officers covered by Section 610 of Title 18 who may not have been prosecuted. This is an entirely different matter from showing that the defendant Boyle is being persecuted and singled out from a particular class of persons subject to the statute. Moreover, the proffer that donees and political figures may have violated the statute is again totally different than the instant case. Here again, proof of a violation by one who receives a contribution is of a wholly different character from that required to establish a violation by a donor. Mr. Boyle's indictment is based on the charge that he knew that contributions were being made in the case at bar out of union funds but obviously it is an entirely different proposition to obtain proof of scienter on the part of those receiving contributions. There is no case that has been brought to the attention of this Court holding that it would be improper for the Government to direct its enforcement efforts against one or more of several groups covered by a particular law. See Saunders v. Lowry, 58 F.2d 158, 5th Cir. (1932).
Lastly, the Court feels compelled to state that to allow the instant subpoenas duces tecum to stand would be tantamount to authorizing a fishing expedition which is not authorized by either Rules 16 or 17 of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure. Moreover, the Court finds that the proffer of proof shows that the defendant has not made a clear showing of relevance and materiality as required. May v. United States, 84 U.S. App. D.C. 233, 175 F.2d 994, 1010, cert. denied, 338 U.S. 830, 70 S. Ct. 58, 94 L. Ed. 505 (1949). Moreover, a Motion to quash a subpoena duces tecum rests with the sound discretion of the Trial Court.
By virtue of the foregoing, the government's motion to quash the subpoenas duces tecum be and the same is hereby granted.
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