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United States v. Espinoza-Alonzo

United States District Court, D. Idaho

February 6, 2014

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Plaintiff,
v.
LUIS ENRIQUE ESPINOZA-ALONZO, Defendant.

ORDER

B. LYNN WINMILL, Chief District Judge.

The Court has before it a motion to continue trial filed by defendant. The defendant requests additional time so that his counsel will have adequate time to prepare for trial. The Court finds that a continuance until April 21, 2014, would be reasonable given the complexities of this case.

Under all these circumstances, 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).

The Court finds that the period of time between the date the motion to continue was filed and the new trial date is excludable time under the Speedy Trial Act. Accordingly,

NOW THEREFORE IT IS HEREBY ORDERED, that the amended motion for continuance (docket no. 13) filed by defendant be, and the same is hereby, GRANTED, and the motion for continuance (docket no. 11) is DEEMED MOOT. The present trial date is VACATED, and a new trial is set for April 21, 2014 at 1:30 p.m. in the Federal Courthouse in Pocatello, Idaho.

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED, that the period of time between the date the motion to continue (docket no. 11) was filed and the new trial date be deemed EXCLUDABLE TIME under the Speedy Trial Act, 18 U.S.C. § 3161(h)(7)(A).

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED, that the pretrial conference shall be held on April 10, 2014, at 4:00 p.m. by telephone with the Government to initiate the call. The Court can be reached at 208-334-9145. The defendant need not be on the line as only logistics will be discussed.

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED, that the defendant shall file all pretrial motions on or before March 7, 2014.


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