THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS
November 29, 2006
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA PLAINTIFF,
BRIAN K. BOONE, DEFENDANT.
The opinion of the court was delivered by: Herndon, District Judge
Before the Court is Defendant's Motion to Continue Trial (Doc. 14), which is currently set for December 4, 2006. Defendant was initially appointed counsel on October 12, 2006 (Doc. 8). The appointed Assistant Federal Public Defender later filed a Motion to Withdraw (Doc. 13), which this Court granted and thereby appointed Defendant's present counsel (Doc. 15).*fn1 In his Motion, Defendant states that his present counsel, just having been appointed, has not yet received discovery from Defendant's former counsel nor has he been able to adequately confer with Defendant in order to properly prepare for trial. Therefore, Defendant requests a continuance of the trial for at least ninety (90) days.
In light of the circumstances at hand, it is in the interests of justice to allow his counsel reasonable time for effective preparation -- to deny this would result in a miscarriage of justice, as it is not contested counsel has acted with due diligence in preparing for trial since the time of his appointment to this matter. Further, Defendant was only recently indicted a few months ago. Although there is a strong interest in adhering to a speedy trial, such interest does not prevail over the interest of allowing Defendant enough time for he and his counsel to adequately prepare his defense, so that a fair and just trial is conducted.
Therefore, the Court being fully advised in the premises finds, pursuant to 18 U.S.C. § 3161(h)(8)(A), that the ends of justice served by the granting of such continuance outweighs the best interests of the public and Defendant in a speedy trial. Accordingly, the Court GRANTS Defendant's Motion to Continue (Doc. 14), and CONTINUES the jury trial scheduled for Monday, December 4, 2006 to Monday, March 19, 2007 at 9:00 a.m. The time from the date Defendant's Motion (Doc. 14) was filed, November 24, 2006, until the date to which the trial is rescheduled, March 19, 2007, is excludable time for the purposes of speedy trial.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
David RHerndon United States District Judge