August 9, 2013
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Plaintiff,
LEONARD WILLIAMS and JOSHUA CLYMER, Defendants.
BENJAMIN B. WAGNER, United States Attorney, CHRISTOPHER S. HALES, Assistant United States Attorney, Sacramento, CA, Attorneys for Plaintiff, United States of America.
JOSEPH WISEMAN, Counsel for Defendant LEONARD WILLIAMS.
CHRIS COSCA, Counsel for Defendant JOSHUA CLYMER.
STIPULATION REGARDING EXCLUDABLE TIME PERIODS UNDER SPEEDY TRIAL ACT; [PROPOSED] FINDINGS AND ORDER STIPULATION
WILLIAM B. SHUBB, District Judge.
Plaintiff United States of America, by and through its counsel of record, and defendants Leonard Williams and Joshua Clymer, by and through their counsel of record, hereby stipulate as follows:
1. The two remaining defendants in this case were charged by third superseding indictment on February 23, 2012. Defendant Clymer was newly charged and the scheme was expanded to include approximately ten newly-identified mortgage transactions. Defendant Clymer's counsel was new to the case and required additional time to become familiar with it. In October 2012, defendant Clymer was permitted to substitute in new counsel. ECF No. 461. In April 2013, defendant Clymer was permitted to change counsel again, returning to his original appointed counsel. ECF Nos. 490, 492. Trial was set for December 3, 2013. ECF No. 497. On July 1, 2013, counsel for defendant Clymer informed the Court he could not confirm the December 2013 trial date and needed additional time to prepare.
2. By previous order, this matter was set for status on August 12, 2013, and time was excluded under the Speedy Trial Act for defense preparation.
3. By this stipulation, defendants now move to continue the status conference until October 7, 2013 at 9:30 a.m. and to exclude time between August 12, 2013 and October 7, 2013 under Local Code T4. Plaintiff does not oppose this request.
4. The parties agree and stipulate, and request that the Court find the following:
a. The government recently provided some early Jencks discovery to the defense. Discovery associated with this case includes approximately 13, 500 pages of documents produced to defense counsel in searchable electronic format and with a discovery index. This discovery consists of loan records, escrow records, banking records for entities and individuals, and IRS/FBI-related materials such as witness interview summaries and related evidence, including the recently produced Jencks discovery. Discovery has been available for inspection and copying, but in the interest of lessening the burden on the defense and facilitating movement of the case, the government has scanned and produced the material.
b. Because of the recent early Jencks discovery, the volume and the complexity of the mortgage transactions at issue, as well as defendant Clymer's substitution of counsel, counsel for defendants desire additional time to consult with their clients, to review the current charges, to conduct investigation and research related to the charges, to review discovery for this matter, to discuss potential resolutions, to prepare pretrial motions, and to otherwise prepare for trial.
c. Counsel for defendants believe that failure to grant the above-requested continuance would deny them the reasonable time necessary for effective preparation, taking into account the exercise of due diligence.
d. The government does not object to the continuance.
e. Based on the above-stated findings, the ends of justice served by continuing the case as requested outweigh the interest of the public and the defendants in a trial within the original date prescribed by the Speedy Trial Act.
f. For the purpose of computing time under the Speedy Trial Act, 18 U.S.C. § 3161, et seq., within which trial must commence, the time period of August 12, 2013 through October 7, 2013, inclusive, is deemed excludable pursuant to 18 U.S.C.§ 3161(h)(7)(A), B(iv) [Local Code T4] because it results from a continuance granted by the Court at defendants' request on the basis of the Court's finding that the ends of justice served by taking such action outweigh the best interest of the public and the defendants in a speedy trial.
5. Nothing in this stipulation and order shall preclude a finding that other provisions of the Speedy Trial Act dictate that additional time periods are excludable from the period within which a trial must commence.
IT IS SO STIPULATED.
IT IS SO FOUND AND ORDERED.