IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS
February 17, 2011
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,
SCOTT T. WELDON AND ANDREA R. FIELDS,
The opinion of the court was delivered by: Herndon, Chief Judge:
Now before the Court is Defendant Weldon's motion (Doc. 44). Defendant states that he intends to plead but that he needs additional time to conduct plea negotiations. The Government does not object. The Court being fully advised in the premises finds that Weldon needs additional time. 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 all Defendants in a speedy trial. The Court also finds that to deny a continuance of the matter would result in a miscarriage of justice.
Therefore, the Court GRANTS Defendant Weldon's fourth motion to continue (Doc. 44). The Court CONTINUES the jury trial scheduled for March 7, 2011 to Monday, May 2, 2011 at 9:00 a.m. The time from the date the original motion was filed, February 17, 2011, until the date to which the trial is rescheduled, May 2, 2011, 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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