IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
February 13, 2012
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,
ORDER AFTER HEARING
This matter came on calendar for a status conference hearing on February 7, 2012, in the courtroom of the Honorable Lawrence K. Karlton, Senior Judge. Assistant United States Attorney Michele Beckwith appeared on behalf of the United States of America. Assistant Federal Defender Courtney Fein appeared for Caro Marks on behalf of Defendant Cigifredo Galeana-Reyes, who was present before the court.
The defendant expressed dissatisfaction with his counsel and the plea offer. Defense counsel represented that the defendant's counsel was preparing to get him a "second opinion" from another attorney about his case. The parties agreed a one-week continuance would suffice for this purpose. Defense counsel does not seek to be replaced, but just an opinion for the defendant by another attorney. The court set the matter for further status conference one week hence, on February 14, 2012, at 9:15 am.
The parties agreed on the need for additional time to allow defense counsel to seek a second attorney to confer with the defendant about his case, specifically, any defenses, and the guidelines calculations.
IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that this matter be set for further status conference on February 14, 2012 at 9:15 am..
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that pursuant to 18 U.S.C. §3161 (h)(7)(A) and (B)(iv), and Local Code T4, the period from February 7, 2012, up to and including February 14, 2012, is excluded from the time computations required by the Speedy Trial Act due to counsel preparation. The court finds that the ends of justice served by granting this continuance outweigh the best interest of the defendant and the public in a speedy trial.
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