The opinion of the court was delivered by: Judge Lawrence K. Karlton
This matter came on for Status Conference on December 16, 2008, in the courtroom of the Honorable Lawrence K. Karlton, Senior Judge. Assistant United States Attorney Samuel Wong appeared on behalf of the United States of America. Assistant Federal Defender Lexi Negin appeared on behalf of Defendant Jesus Vega, who was not present with a waiver on file, Attorney Danny D. Brace appeared on behalf of Defendant Luis Sanchez-Aceves, who was present and in custody, and Attorney Dina Santos appeared on behalf of Cristobal Navarro, who was present and in custody and utilizing the services of the Spanish language interpreter, Attorney Hayes Gable appeared on behalf of Jose Meza Portillo, who was present and in custody, Attorney Stratton Barbee appeared on behalf of Defendant Darius Louis, who was present and in custody, and Attorney Philip Cozens appeared on behalf of Daniel Rosales who was present in custody.
All parties agreed that defense counsel needs additional time for investigation, review of discovery and to prepare a defense of the case. The discovery comprises some 2400 pages and includes wiretaps. A related case is also involved. All parties agree that the case is complex.
A further status conference date of February 10, 2009, is set.
Accordingly, the parties agreed to exclude time from calculation under the Speedy Trial Act for the reasons stated above, pursuant to 18 U.S.C. §3161 (h)(8)(B)(ii) and (iv) and and Local Codes T2 and T4 for case complexity and preparation of counsel, from December 16, 2008, up until and including February 10, 2009.
Good cause appearing therefor,
IT IS ORDERED that this matter is continued to February 10, 2009, at 9:30 a.m. for Status Conference.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that pursuant to 18 U.S.C. §3161 (h)(8)(B)(ii) and (iv) and Local Codes T2 and T4, the period from December 16, 2008, up to and including February 10, 2009, is excluded from the time computations required by the Speedy Trial Act due to case complexity and ongoing preparation of counsel.
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