IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
February 2, 2012
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,
JOSE ABARCA, ET AL., DEFENDANTS.
BENJAMIN B. WAGNER United States Attorney JASON HITT Assistant U.S. Attorney 501 I Street, Suite 10-100 Sacramento, California 95814 Telephone: (916) 554-2751
ORDER FOLLOWING STATUS
CONFERENCE AND EXCLUDING TIME
AS TO DEFENDANT JOSE ABARCA
The Court held a status conference in this case on January 31, 2012. Assistant United States Attorney Jason Hitt appeared on behalf of the United States of America and counsel James R. Greiner, Esq., appeared on behalf of defendant Jose ABARCA.*fn1 The defendant was present in custody. He was assisted by a court-certified Spanish-language interpreter.
During the hearing, counsel for the defendant requested a continuance of the case in order to review the defendant's criminal history and anticipated sentencing guideline exposure if a guilty plea is entered. The defense counsel also indicated that if a guilty plea is not entered by the next court appearance, the parties would seek a trial date. The Court granted the request of the parties and ordered the matter be placed on calendar on February 14, 2012, at 9:15 a.m. for entry of plea or setting of a trial date. The Court further found that the time between January 31, 2012, and February 14, 2012, should be excluded from calculation of the Speedy Trial Act because Mr. Greiner needs additional time to review his client's criminal history, calculate his anticipated sentencing exposure, and prepare for trial if a negotiated resolution is not reached. The Court therefore found that time between January 31, 2012, and February 14, 2012, should be excluded under the Speedy Trial Act because the ends of justice are served by the Court excluding such time, and agreed that the interests of justice served by granting this continuance outweigh the best interests of the public and the defendant in a speedy trial so that a new lawyer could be appointed to represent the defendant and have reasonable time to prepare an effective defense in this case, taking into account the exercise of due diligence the in the interests of justice under 18 U.S.C. § 3161(h)(7)(B)(iv) and Local Code T4.
Therefore, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that:
(1) A further status conference for defendant Jose ABARCA is set for February 14, 2012, at 9:15 a.m.; and
(2) Time is excluded from calculation under the Speedy Trial Act up to, and including, February 14, 2012, at 9:15 a.m. The Court further finds that the ends of justice are served by granting this continuance and outweigh the best interests of the public and the defendant in a speedy trial under 18 U.S.C. § 3161(h)(7)(B)(iv) and Local Code T4.