IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS
June 12, 2006
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, PLAINTIFF,
DEANGELO SANDERS, DEFENDANT.
The opinion of the court was delivered by: Reagan, District Judge
MEMORANDUM and ORDER
On December 19, 2005, the Court granted a motion for a psychological/psychiatric examination of Defendant DeAngelo Sanders.
Sanders was examined both by Dr. Jorge Luis of the Bureau of Prisons Federal Detention Center in Miami, Florida and by an independent psychologist/psychiatrist (Dr. Daniel J. Cuneo of Belleville, Illinois). With trial set for June 26, 2006 and both examinations complete, the Court convened a competency hearing on Friday, June 9, 2006.
As stated on the record at that hearing, having heard the evidence and considered the findings of both Dr. Luis and Dr. Cuneo (including Dr. Luis' written report), the Court hereby DECLARES Defendant Sanders competent to proceed to trial. More specifically, the Court FINDS that DeAngelo Sanders is not presently suffering from a mental disease or defect rendering him mentally incompetent to the extent that he is unable to understand the nature and consequences of the proceedings against him or to assist properly in his defense.
For the reasons stated on the record at the competency hearing, the Court also CONTINUES TRIAL from June 26, 2006 to July 17, 2006 (9:00 a.m.). When they appear for trial on the morning of July 17th, counsel should provide both (a) a witness list (combined from both parties to a single list suitable for reading to prospective jurors during voir dire) and (b) proposed jury instructions (with the "marked" copy of each instruction paper-clipped on top of the corresponding "clean" copy). Counsel should consult the undersigned Judge's web-page regarding the exhibit list(s) needed for trial and contact Courtroom Deputy Annie McGraw with any questions regarding exhibit labeling or lists.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
MICHAEL J. REAGAN United States District Judge
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