October 11, 2013
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Plaintiff,
PHILLIP SELFA, Defendant.
William Bonham, SBN: 55478 Sacramento, CA. Attorney (to be appointed) for defendant PHILLIP SELFA
BENJAMIN B. WAGNER, United States Attorney.
MICHELLE RODRIGUEZ, Assistant U.S. Attorney.
STIPULATION AND ORDER TO CONTINUE STATUS CONFERENCE
JOHN A. MENDEZ, District Judge.
The defendant, PHILLIP SELFA, through undersigned counsel to be appointed, and the United States, through its undersigned counsel, hereby agree and request that the status conference currently set for Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at 9:45 am be vacated and continued until Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 9:45 am.
Mr. SELFA is currently pro se. Mr. Bonham was contacted yesterday by the Federal Defender's office to represent Mr. SELFA pursuant to a CJA appointment. On October 8, 2013, Mr. SELFA, in his pro se capacity, requested to the Court to re-appoint counsel and the matter was continued to October 15, 2013 for the Court to consider Mr. Selfa's request for re-appointment of counsel.
A continuance is necessary due to Mr. Bonham being unavailable on October 15, 2013 as he will be attending a funeral of a close friend. It is well understood by all parties of the Court policy of not permitting "stand-ins-for" counsel at Court hearings. A continuance will serve to give new counsel for appointment to evaluate the issues of the case and familiarize himself with status of the preceding proceedings of the case in order to be able to represent to the Court what will be the time requirements necessary for case preparation and evaluation.
The parties stipulate that time should be excluded under the Speedy Trial Act to provide the parties time for case preparation and evaluation. Local Code T4 & 18 U.S.C § 3161 (h)(7)(B)(iv).
I, William E. Bonham, the filing party, have received authorization from AUSA Michelle Rodriguez to sign and submit this stipulation and proposed order on her behalf.
Accordingly, the defense and the United States agree and stipulate that the status conference for defendant PHILLIP SELFA, should be continued until Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 9:45 am. The parties stipulate that the ends of justice served by granting this continuance outweigh the best interests of the public and defendant in a speedy trial. 18 U.S.C. § 3161(h)(7)(A).
IT IS SO ORDERED. The status conference for defendant, PHILLIP SELFA, currently set for Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at 9:45 am should be vacated and continued to Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 9:45 am.
I find that the continuance is necessary to allow the defendant to be appointed counsel and due to the needs of counsel for case preparation and evaluation. Accordingly, time is excluded under the Speedy Trial Act, due to needs of counsel for case preparation from October 15, 2013 up to and including October 22, 2013 pursuant to Local Code T4 and 18 U.S.C. § 3161(h)(7)(B)(iv). I find that the ends of justice served by granting this continuance outweigh the best interest of the public and defendant in a speedy trial. 18 U.S.C. § 3161(h) (7)(A).