IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS
February 5, 2007
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, PLAINTIFF,
DAMMARO D. PERKINS, DEFENDANT.
The opinion of the court was delivered by: Herndon, District Judge
Before the Court is a motion to continue trial submitted by Defendant Dammaro D. Perkins. (Doc. 35.) The motion is unopposed. Defendant's counsel was only very recently appointed to represent Defendant. The Court finds that trial should be postponed in order to give Defendant's counsel sufficient time to prepare; to do otherwise would visit a manifest miscarriage of justice upon the Defendant. 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 a continuance outweigh the interests of the public and Defendant in a speedy trial because failure to grant such a continuance would unreasonably deny Defendant's counsel the time necessary to prepare. Therefore, the Court GRANTS Defendant's motion to continue. (Doc. 35.) The Court CONTINUES the jury trial scheduled for February 12, 2007 at 9:00 a.m. until Monday, May 14, 2007 at 9:00 a.m. The time from the date Defendant's motion was filed, February 2, 2007, until the date on which the trial is rescheduled, May 14, 2007, is excludable time for the purposes of speedy trial.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
David R Herndon United States District Judge
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