IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS
November 19, 2007
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, PLAINTIFF,
RICHARD M. DALTON, DEFENDANT.
The opinion of the court was delivered by: Herndon, Chief Judge
Before the Court is the fourth motion to continue trial submitted by Defendant Dalton. (Doc. 54.) The motion is unopposed. The Court finds that the trial should be postponed because Defendant and the Government are finalizing a plea agreement. 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 Dalton in a speedy trial because failure to grant a continuance would unreasonably interfere with the current plea negotiations, which if successful would serve all parties' interest in a just and efficient outcome. Therefore, the Court GRANTS Defendant Dalton's motion to continue trial (Doc. 54) and CONTINUES the jury trial scheduled for November 26, 2007 until February 11, 2008 at 9:00 a.m. The time from the date Defendant Daltons' motion was filed, November 16, 2007, until the date on which the trial is rescheduled, February 11, 2008, is excludable time for the purposes of speedy trial.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
David R Herndon Chief Judge United States District Court
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