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United States of America v. Michael Rodriguez

IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF IDAHO


July 12, 2011

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA PLAINTIFF,
v.
MICHAEL RODRIGUEZ
DEFENDANT.

The opinion of the court was delivered by: B. Lynn Winmill Chief Judge United States District Court

MEMORANDUM DECISION AND ORDER FINDING EXCLUDABLE TIME UNDER THE SPEEDY TRIAL ACT

The Court has before it a Motion to Vacate Trial and for Finding of Excludable Time. The defendant requests additional time so that his counsel will have adequate time to prepare for trial.

Under all the circumstances of this case, the Court finds that a continuance is needed to give defense counsel an opportunity to provide an effective defense. Thus, a continuance is warranted under 18 U.S.C. §3161(h)(7)(B)(iv), which authorizes a finding of excludable time when the refusal to grant a continuance would "deny counsel for the defendant . . . the reasonable time necessary for effective preparation . . . ." Under these circumstances, the interests of justice in allowing the defense time for effective preparation outweighs the Defendant's and the public's interest in a speedy trial under 18 U.S.C. §3161(h)(7)(A).

A reasonable delay to allow the defense time to prepare would place trial on October 31, 2011. The Court finds that the period of time between the existing trial date and the new trial date is excludable time under the Speedy Trial Act.

ORDER

In accordance with the Memorandum Decision above,

NOW THEREFORE IT IS HEREBY ORDERED, that the Motion to Vacate Trial and for Finding of Excludable Time (docket no. 99) filed by Defendant be, and the same is hereby, GRANTED, and that the present trial date be VACATED, and that a new trial be set for October 31, 2011, at 1:30 p.m. in the Federal Courthouse in Boise, Idaho.

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED, that a pretrial conference shall be held on October 19, 2011, at 4:00 p.m. This conference will only discuss logistics and so defendant need not be present. The conference will be by telephone with the Government to initiate. The Court may be reached at 208-334-9145.

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED, that the period of time between the vacated trial date and the new trial date be deemed EXCLUDABLE TIME under the Speedy Trial Act, 18 U.S.C. §3161(h)(7)(A).

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