IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS
September 14, 2009
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, PLAINTIFF,
PAUL LEE MISKELL, DEFENDANT.
The opinion of the court was delivered by: Herndon, Chief Judge
Before the Court is Defendant Miskell's motion for continuance (Doc. 23). Defendant asks that the trial in this case be continued as he has not yet received the Presentence Investigation Report as ordered and he continues to be involved in plea negotiations. Further, Defendant's counsel is involved in a jury trial scheduled to begin the same day as the above captioned case. Forcing the parties to trial on a case that appears to have a great potential to resolve amicably would be a great miscarriage of justice. Further, the Court finds that pursuant to 18 U.S.C. § 3161(h)(7)(A), the ends of justice served by the granting of such a continuance outweigh the best interests of the public and the Defendant in a speedy trial.
Therefore, the Court GRANTS Defendant Miskell's motion for continuance (Doc. 23). The Court CONTINUES the jury trial scheduled for September 21, 2009 until October 19, 2009 at 9:00 a.m. The time from the date the original motion was filed, September 11, 2009 until the date on which the trial is rescheduled, October 19, 2009, is excludable for purposes of a speedy trial.
Should either party believe that a witness will be required to travel on the Justice Prisoner and Alien Transportation System (JPATS) in order to testify at the trial of this case, a writ should be requested at least two months in advance.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
David R Herndon Chief Judge United States District Court
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