The opinion of the court was delivered by: Hon. Saundra Brown Armstrong United States District Judge
STIPULATION AND ORDER CONTINUING STATUS DATE AND EXCLUSION OF TIME
IT IS HEREBY STIPULATED, by and between the parties to this action, that the status date in this case, currently scheduled for Tuesday, February 24, 2009, at 11:00 a.m., may be continued to Tuesday, March 24, 2009, at 11:00 a.m. for status. The reason for the continuance is that counsel's understanding is that Mark Maldonado has retained counsel Lynda Westlund to replace the federal public defender's office. Ms. Westlund's office is located in Central California and she is not available on February 24, 2009. In addition, she would like time to obtain the discovery, which is subject to a protective order, and review it with Mr. Maldonado prior to making a court appearance. Should the Court continue the matter to March 24, 2009, it should allow enough time for new counsel to receive the discovery and review it with her client and to be available for the Court appearance. Counsel has talked to co-counsel David Billingsley and he has no objection to continuing the case on behalf of co-defendant Jennifer Sears as well, for continuity of counsel and effective preparation of counsel.
The parties further stipulate that the time from February 24, 2009 to March 24, 2009, should be excluded in accordance with the provisions of the Speedy Trial Act, 18 U.S.C. §§ 3161(h)(8)(A) and (B)(iv) for adequate preparation of counsel and continuity of counsel to allow new counsel time to obtain and review the discovery with Mr. Maldonado and be available for the status date on March 24, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. The matter is set for 11:00 a.m. so that Ms. Westlund can appear with Mr. Maldonado before Judge Brazil at 10:00 a.m. on the same day for identification of counsel.
JOYCE LEAVITT Assistant Federal Public Defender Attorney for Mark Maldonado
DAVID BILLINGSLEY Attorney for Jennifer Sears
CHRISTINE WONG Assistant United States Attorney
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GOOD CAUSE APPEARING, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that the status date in this case, currently scheduled for Tuesday, February 24, 2009 at 11:00 a.m., is hereby continued to Tuesday, March 24, 2009, at 11:00 a.m. for status.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the time from February 24, 2009, to March 24, 2009, is hereby excluded in accordance with the provisions of the Speedy Trial Act, 18 U.S.C. §§ 3161(h)(8)(A) and (B)(iv) for adequate preparation of counsel to allow new counsel to obtain the discovery, which is subject to a protective order, and review it with Mr. Maldonado and for continuity of counsel to allow retained counsel to travel from Central California and be present for the hearing. The Court finds that the ends of justice served by the granting of the continuance outweigh the best interests of the public and the defendant in a speedy and public trial and the failure to grant the requested continuance would unreasonably deny counsel the reasonable time necessary for effective preparation, taking into account due diligence.
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