United States District Court, E.D. California
March 3, 2014
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Plaintiff,
PEDRO SOLIS RUIZ, JR. Defendant.
DENNIS S. WAKS, Attorney at Law Sacramento, California, Attorney for Defendant, PEDRO SOLIS RUIZ, JR.,
BENJAMIN B. WAGNER, United States Attorney.
JASON S. HITT, Assistant U.S. Attorney.
STIPULATION AND ORDER TO CONTINUE STATUS CONFERENCE
TROY L. NUNLEY, District Judge.
It is hereby stipulated and agreed to by the United States of America through JASON S. HITT, Assistant United States Attorney, and defendant, PEDRO SOLIS RUIZ, JR., by and though his counsel, DENNIS S. WAKS, that the status conference set for March 6, 2014, be continued to a status conference on Thursday, May 15, 2014, at 9:30 a.m. This continuance is being requested because defense counsel needs additional time to prepare, to review discovery, and to interview witnesses, many of whom live out of state. Counsel has received a plea agreement and will need additional time to review the agreement and go over it with Mr. Ruiz, who lives out of the area. Mr. Ruiz has some significant medical problems, including recent hospitalizations and it is sometimes very difficult for him to meet with counsel and our investigator. We are in the process of obtaining the latest medical reports on Mr. Ruiz before he enters his change of plea.
Furthermore, the parties stipulate and agree that the interest of justice served by granting this continuance outweigh the best interest of the public and the defendant in a speedy trial (18 U.S.C. §3161(h)(7)(A)). Speedy trial time is to be excluded from the date of this order through the date of the status conference set for May 15, 2014, pursuant to 18 U.S.C. § 3161 (h)(7)(B)(iv) [reasonable time to prepare] (Local Code T4). Respectfully submitted,
Based on the stipulation of the parties and good cause appearing, the Court hereby finds that the failure to grant a continuance in this case would deny defense counsel reasonable time necessary for effective preparation, taking into account the exercise of due diligence. The Court specifically finds that the ends of justice served by the granting of such continuance outweigh the interests of the public and the defendant in a speedy trial. Based on these findings and pursuant to the stipulation of the parties, the Court hereby adopts the stipulation of the parties in its entirety as its order. Time is excluded from computation of time within which the trial of this matter must be commenced beginning from the date of the stipulation through and including May 15, 2014, pursuant to 18 U.S.C. § 3161(h)(7)(A) and (B)(iv) [reasonable time for defense counsel to prepare] and Local Code T4. A new status conference date is hereby set for May 15, 2014, at 9:30 a.m.