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United States of America v. Katherine Kaiser

IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA


October 22, 2012

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,
PLAINTIFF,
v.
KATHERINE KAISER,
DEFENDANT.

DEFENDANT'S REQUEST TO WAIVE APPEARANCE AT SENTENCING; ) ORDER

(No hearing requested)

Pursuant to Federal Rule of Criminal Procedure 43(b)(2), Ms. Kaiser asks to waive her appearance at sentencing (scheduled for October 29, 2012, at 10:00 a.m.). A copy of her signed waiver has been separately filed today. Counsel for the government reviewed the waiver and requested one minor change, which was made before Ms. Kaiser signed. Defense counsel asks the Court to approve Ms. Kaiser's waiver in advance of the sentencing hearing so the parties may prepare to close the case on the 29th.

Rule 43(b)(2) provides that, when an "offense is punishable by fine or imprisonment for not more than one year, or both," the court may "permit[] arraignment, plea, trial, and sentencing to occur in the defendant's absence," provided that defendant consents in writing. On April 23, 2012, Ms. Kaiser pled guilty to misdemeanor theft of government property based on her receipt of Social Security benefits to which she was not entitled.

The Federal Defender opened its file on Ms. Kaiser in May 2011 upon referral from the U.S. Attorney's Office. Undersigned counsel has been in continuous contact with Ms. Kaiser since that time. The probation officer interviewed her by telephone before preparing the presentence report. Defense counsel has fully advised Ms. Kaiser about what may happen at the hearing on judgment and sentence. Counsel for the government has advised defense counsel that he will ask the Court to follow the recommendation of the probation officer that Ms. Kaiser be sentenced to probation. Ms. Kaiser lives in Colorado. She asks to waive her appearance because her health (detailed in the presentence report) makes air travel very difficult; she would also prefer to put her limited income and savings towards the restitution she owes. Defense counsel concurs in her request.

A proposed order is attached for the Court's convenience.

Respectfully submitted,

DANIEL J. BRODERICK Federal Defender Dated: October 18, 2012 /s/ T. Zindel TIMOTHY ZINDEL Assistant Federal Defender Attorney for KATHERINE KAISER

ORDER

The Court approves defendant's request to waive her appearance at sentencing. Pursuant to Rule 43(b)(2), the Court will permit sentencing to occur in the defendant's absence.

IT IS SO ORDERED.

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