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United States v. Cooper

IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS


September 7, 2006

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, PLAINTIFF,
v.
WILLIAM COOPER, DEFENDANTS.

The opinion of the court was delivered by: Herndon, District Judge

MEMORANDUM AND ORDER

Before the Court is a joint motion to continue trial setting submitted by Defendant William Cooper. (Doc. 37.) The Court being fully advised in the premises finds the trial should be postponed since the Government and Defendant are currently involved in plea negotiations. In addition, the Court finds that pursuant to 18 U.S.C. § 3161(h)(8)(A), the ends of justice served by the granting of such continuance outweigh the best interests of the public and Defendant in a speedy trial. Forcing the government and the Defendant to trial on a case that appears to have great potential to resolve amicably would be a great miscarriage of justice.

Therefore, the Court GRANTS Defendant's motion to continue. (Doc. 37.) The Court CONTINUES Defendant's trial to Monday, January 29, 2007 at 9:00 a.m. The time from the date that the first motion to continue was filed, September 6, 2006, until the date on which the trial is rescheduled, January 29, 2007, is excludable time for the purposes of speedy trial. The parties shall notify the Court if a change of plea hearing is necessary.

IT IS SO ORDERED.

David R. Herndon United States District Judge

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