The opinion of the court was delivered by: Gary S. Austin United States Magistrate Judge
STIPULATION TO STAY CASE AND TO VACATE SCHEDULING CONFERENCE; ORDER THEREON
IT IS HEREBY STIPULATED by and between Plaintiff, United States of America and Claimants Ramon Contreras and Luz Villanvazo as follows:
1. Claimant Ramon Contreras is presently facing federal criminal charges in the Eastern District of California, United States v. Ramon Contreras, et al., 1:09-CR-00370-OWW, allegedly relating to transactions or events which form the basis for this civil forfeiture action.
2. The parties recognize that proceeding with this action has potential adverse affects on the prosecution of the related criminal case and/or upon Claimant Ramon Contreras' right against self-incrimination in the related federal criminal case.
3. Publication of the civil forfeiture action has been completed and to date only Ramon Contreras and Luz Villanvazo has filed a claim and answer, or otherwise appeared in this action.
THEREFORE, the parties to this action stipulate and request as follows:
1. Pursuant to 18 U.S.C. § 981(g), this action be stayed pending the conclusion of the federal criminal action presently pending against Ramon Contreras in the Eastern District of California; and,
2. The Scheduling Conference in the civil case scheduled for January 14, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. in Courtroom 10 before Magistrate Judge Gary S. Austin be vacated.
3. The parties are to promptly notify the Court when the criminal case resolves.
Dated: November 20, 2009 BENJAMIN B. WAGNER United States Attorney DEANNA L. MARTINEZ Assistant United States Attorney
Dated: November 30, 2009 J. M. IRIGOYEN Attorney for Claimants Ramon Contreras And Luz Villanvazo (Original signature retained by attorney)
IT IS SO ORDERED, HOWEVER, The parties shall also file a status report with this Court in approximately 120 days, BUT no later than April 12, 2010 regarding the ...