IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS
December 16, 2009
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, PLAINTIFF,
WALTER BURSEY, DEFENDANT.
The opinion of the court was delivered by: Herndon, Chief Judge
Before the Court is Defendant Bursey's Motion for Continuance (Doc. 22). Specifically, Defendant Bursey argues that he has not had enough time to prepare for trial and that negotiations in this matter are still ongoing and may result in an agreed disposition. The Government does not object to the motion. Therefore, the Court finds that the trial should be postponed so that Defendant has adequate time to conduct negotiations and, if necessary, prepare for trial. In addition, 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 interest of the public and the Defendant in a speedy trial. Further, forcing the parties to trial on a case that appears to have great potential to resolve amicable would be a great miscarriage of justice.
Therefore, the Court GRANTS Defendant Bursey's Motion for Continuance (Doc. 22). The Court CONTINUES the trial currently scheduled for January 11, 2010 until April 12, 2010 at 9:00 a.m. The time from the date the original motion was filed, December 15, 2009, until the date on which the trial is rescheduled, April 12, 2010, 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.
Signed this 16th day of December, 2009.
David R Her|do| Chief Judge United States District Court
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