United States District Court, E.D. California
February 25, 2014
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Plaintiff,
HUANCHANG MA, Defendant.
JOHN R. MANNING, ATTORNEY AT LAW, Sacramento, CA. Attorney for Defendant HUANCHANG MA
Benjamin B. Wagner, United States Attorney.
CHRISTIAAN HIGHSMITH, Assistant U.S. Attorney.
STIPULATION REGARDING EXCLUDABLE TIME PERIODS UNDER SPEEDY TRIAL ACT; FINDINGS
MORRISON C. ENGLAND, Jr., Chief Judge.
The United States of America through its undersigned counsel, Christiaan Highsmith, Assistant United States Attorney, together with counsel for defendant Huanchang Ma, John R. Manning, Esq., hereby stipulate the following:
1. By previous order, this matter was set for status conference on February 27, 2014.
2. By this stipulation, defendant now moves to continue status conference until April 3, 2014 and to exclude time between February 27, 2014 and April 3, 2014 under the Local Code T-4 (to allow defense counsel time to prepare).
3. The parties agree and stipulate, and request the Court find the following:
a. This case is one in a series of cases developed from a lengthy DEA/Elk Grove PD/Sac. SO investigation into "grow houses" in the Elk Grove area. Several individuals have been charged. Many, if not all the defendants a part of this investigation are non English speakers and require the services of an interpreter to communicated with. The widespread need for Cantonese/Mandarin interpreters in this case, the companion cases(s), and in general, has made scheduling meetings very difficult. However, as this case is winding up, scheduling has become less difficult. To that end, the defense has provided the government with additional discovery and the Government needs to time to review the material and evaluate their next step.
b. The defense has proffered a proposed resolution to the government and the government needs additional time to review the settlement proposal. Additional meetings between counsel for Mr. Ma and the government are necessary to discuss the proposed resolution.
c. The government has suggested additional information regarding Mr. Ma may impact settlement and the defense is in the process of acquiring the information. This information will relevant whether the government agrees to modify their present offer to resolve or not.
d. Mr. Ma lives in San Francisco area and speaks only Mandarin. Once the government has evaluated the information provided be the defense, the defense will need additional time to review the government's response and the anticipated plea agreement.
e. The government does not object to the continuance.
f. Based on the above-stated findings, the ends of justice served by granting the requested continuance outweigh the best interests of the public and the defendant in a speedy trial within the original date prescribed by the Speedy Trial Act.
g. For the purpose of computing time under the Speedy Trial Act, 18 United States Code Section 3161(h)(7)(A) within which trial must commence, the time period of February 27, 2014, to April 3, 2014, inclusive, is deemed excludable pursuant to 18 United States Code Section 3161(h)(7)(A)) and (B)(iv), corresponding to Local Code T-4 because it results from a continuance granted by the Court at defendant's 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 defendant in a speedy trial.
4. 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 ORDERED.