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United States of America v. Alonso Martinez

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF IDAHO


March 28, 2012

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,
PLAINTIFF,
v.
ALONSO MARTINEZ, ET AL., DEFENDANTS.

The opinion of the court was delivered by: B. Lynn WINMILLChief U.S. District Court Judge

AND TRIAL READINESS CONFERENCE ORDER CONTINUING TRIAL

The Court has before it Defendant's Motion to Vacate and Continue Pre-Trial Readiness Conference, Jury Trial and Pre-Trial Motions Deadline (Dkt. 12). Defendant states that counsel needs additional time to do investigation, review discovery, and prepare for trial. Defendant requests an additional 120 days.

Under all these circumstances, the Court finds that a continuance is needed to give defense counsel an opportunity to provide an effective defense. However, the Court finds that a 90-day continuance is sufficient. 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). The Court finds that the period of time between the present trial date and the new trial date is excludable time under the Speedy Trial Act.

Co-defendant Cynthia Casillas has not moved for a continuance. However, he has not opposed the motion. Under the Speedy Trial Act, 18 U.S.C. § 3161(h)(6), excludable time exists for "a reasonable period of delay when the defendant is joined for trial with a co-defendant as to whom the time for trial has not run and no motion for severance has been granted." No motion for severance has been filed. Accordingly, pursuant to 18 U.S.C. § 3161(h)(6), the Court finds that the excludable time found for the defendant moving for a continuance also applies to the co-defendant. Thus, Defendant Cynthia Casillas will have trial moved as well. Accordingly,

NOW THEREFORE IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that the Motion to Continue Trial (Dkt. 12) shall be, and the same is hereby GRANTED, and that the present trial date be VACATED, and that a new trial be set for July 16, 2012 at 1:30 p.m. in the U.S. Courthouse in Boise, Idaho.

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the period of time between the prior trial date and the new trial date be deemed EXCLUDABLE TIME under the Speedy Trial Act, 18 U.S.C. § 3161(h)(6) and (7)(A) & (B).

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the current trial readiness conference be VACATED, and that a new trial readiness conference be conducted by telephone on July 5, 2012 at 4:00 p.m. The Government shall place the call to (208) 334-9145 with opposing counsel on the line.

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that all pretrial motions shall be filed on or before June 18, 2012.

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