IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS
February 19, 2010
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, PLAINTIFF,
JUAN ANGELO TORRES-TORRES, DEFENDANT.
The opinion of the court was delivered by: Herndon, Chief Judge
Now before the Court is Defendant's motion to continue trial (Doc. 15). Defendant states that the parties believe that this matter will be resolved by a plea and that he needs additional time to conduct plea negotiations. The Court being fully advised in the premises finds that Torres-Torres needs additional time to conduct plea negotiations. The Court finds that pursuant to 18 U.S.C. § 3161(h)(7)(A), the ends of justice served by the granting of such continuance outweigh the best interests of the public and Defendant in a speedy trial. The Court also finds that to deny a continuance of the matter would result in a miscarriage of justice. Further, forcing the parties to trial on a case that appears to have great potential to resolve amicably would be a great miscarriage of justice.
Therefore, the Court GRANTS Defendant's motion to continue trial (Doc. 15). The Court CONTINUES the jury trial scheduled for Monday, March 1, 2010 to Monday, March 22, 2010 at 9:00 a.m. The time from the date the original motion was filed, February 19, 2010, until the date to which the trial is rescheduled, March 22, 2010, is excludable time for the purposes of 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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