IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS
August 24, 2006
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, PLAINTIFF,
TINA MARIE WINSTON, DEFENDANT.
The opinion of the court was delivered by: Stiehl, District Judge
This matter is before the Court defendant's motion to continue the final pre- trial and trial (Doc. 13). The defendant has executed a speedy trial waiver (Doc. 14). The defendant seeks a continuance on the grounds that she and the government have reached an agreement on some of the counts; that they are awaiting discovery from the government on loss amounts; and that the defendant has retained a psychologist to review defendant's mental health history.
Upon review of the record, the Court FINDS that it is appropriate to continue the trial of this matter. The Court FURTHER FINDS that defense counsel has exercised due diligence in preparing for trial and that failure to grant a continuance in this matter would deny counsel for the defendant reasonable time necessary to prepare for trial, including pursuing the possibility of a plea agreement, and any issues regarding competency. The Court FURTHER FINDS that the end of justice would be best served by granting the continuance. 18 U.S.C. §§ 3161 (h)(8)(A) and (h)(8)(B)(iv).
Accordingly, the Court GRANTS defendant's motion to continue the trial. This matter is rescheduled for a final pre-trial conference on October 2, 2006, at 10:00 A.M. and trial on Tuesday, October 10, 2006, at 9:00 A.M. All time between the filing of the motion to continue and the new trial date shall be excluded for speedy trial purposes.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
WILLIAM D. STIEHL DISTRICT JUDGE
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