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02/07/89 the People of the State of v. Robert W. Paulsgrove

February 7, 1989

THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, PLAINTIFF-APPELLANT

v.

ROBERT W. PAULSGROVE, DEFENDANT-APPELLEE



APPELLATE COURT OF ILLINOIS, THIRD DISTRICT

534 N.E.2d 131, 178 Ill. App. 3d 1073, 128 Ill. Dec. 111 1989.IL.148

Appeal from the Circuit Court of Warren County; the Hon. Scott I. Klukos, Judge, presiding.

APPELLATE Judges:

JUSTICE HEIPLE delivered the opinion of the court. SCOTT and WOMBACHER, JJ., concur.

DECISION OF THE COURT DELIVERED BY THE HONORABLE JUDGE HEIPLE

The defendant, Robert W. Paulsgrove, was indicted in the circuit court of Warren County on the charge of obstruction of Justice. The defendant filed a petition for discharge based on a violation of his statutory right to a speedy trial. The trial court granted the petition and ordered the charge against the defendant dismissed. It is from this order that the State appeals.

On June 2, 1987, the defendant filed a demand for a speedy trial. On July 27, 1987, a bill of indictment was returned charging the defendant with obstruction of Justice. The next day notice was sent to defense counsel informing him of the arraignment scheduled for August 5, 1987. The defendant appeared with counsel on August 5 but refused to be arraigned until he was provided with discovery. The defense counsel argued that should the defendant be arraigned that day he would be forced to waive any defects in the indictment or in the indictment process. The State asked the trial court Judge to proceed with arraignment or to continue the case on the defendant's motion. On that same day, the trial court Judge granted the continuance on the court's own motion.

On August 6, 1987, the defendant filed a motion for discovery. On August 12, 1987, an order was entered granting the defendant's motion and giving the State 21 days to provide the defendant with discovery. On August 25, 1987, the State filed a response to the defendant's motion for discovery and the case was set for arraignment on September 16, 1987. On September 9, 1987, the defendant filed a motion for additional discovery which was subsequently granted. On September 16, 1987, the defendant appeared with counsel, pleaded not guilty and demanded a jury trial. On October 26, 1987, the defendant filed a second motion for additional discovery which was also granted. On November 16, 1987, a pretrial hearing was held and the case was placed on the December 1987 jury trial calendar. On November 19, 1987, the State filed a motion for discovery which was granted. On December 2, 1987, the defendant filed a response to discovery. The next day, the defendant filed a motion to dismiss alleging that more than 160 days had elapsed since he filed his motion for a speedy trial on June 2. Ill. Rev. Stat. 1987, ch. 38, par. 103-5(b).

On December 23, 1987, a hearing was held on the defendant's motion to dismiss. The prosecutor argued that the defendant's refusal to be arraigned on August 5 resulted in a continuance of the arraignment until September 16, a delay of 42 days. The prosecutor further argued that the defendant had no right to discovery prior to arraignment and that the delay resulting from the defendant's refusal to be arraigned was time chargeable to the defendant, thereby tolling the speedy trial statute for a period of 42 days.

The defendant argued that, under Illinois law, upon arraignment he would waive any defects in the indictment process. He further argued that the discovery rules become applicable following indictment and therefore he was entitled to discovery before arraignment.

The trial court granted the defendant's motion, discharging the defendant. The court characterized the delay caused by the defendant's refusal to proceed without discovery as a simple discovery request, which "in and of itself" is not delay chargeable to the defendant.

On appeal, the State argues that the trial court erred in granting the defendant's motion to dismiss and in refusing to charge the defendant with the instant 42 days of delay. The State argues that although discovery rules become applicable after indictment, a defendant is not entitled to discovery before arraignment. The State also contends that a defendant is not entitled to discovery until he makes a written request for it.

In determining whether the defendant has occasioned a pre-trial delay, the criterion used is whether the defendant's acts in fact caused or contributed to the delay. (People v. Nunnery (1973), 54 Ill. 2d 372, 376, 297 N.E.2d 129, 130.) The defendant has the burden of affirmatively establishing a speedy trial violation. (People v. Jones (1984), 104 Ill. 2d 268, 472 N.E.2d 455.) A defendant's refusal to proceed may constitute delay occasioned by the defendant. People v. Toolate (1977), 48 Ill. App. 3d 1038, 363 N.E.2d 640.

We find that any delay occasioned by the defendant's refusal to proceed with arraignment should have been charged to the defendant. We are unaware of any cases which suggest that a defendant is entitled to refuse arraignment until discovery is carried out. The purpose of discovery is to prevent production of surprise evidence or testimony which would serve to prejudice the defendant's case at trial, not to prepare the defendant for pleading at the arraignment. (See People v. Howard (1984), 121 Ill. App. 3d 938, 460 N.E.2d 432.) Furthermore, the State is required to provide discovery only ...


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