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United States v. Thomas

United States District Court, C.D. California

November 20, 2017

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Plaintiff,
v.
MARGARET LOUISE THOMAS, Defendant.

          ORDER GRANTING CONTINUANCE AND ORDER MEMORIALIZING COURT'S ORAL RULINGS

          ROBERT H. WHALEY SENIOR UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE.

         A pretrial hearing was held in this matter on November 13, 2017. Defendant Margaret Louise Thomas, who is in custody, was present and represented by Neha Christerna. Assistant United States Attorney Amy Pomerantz was present on behalf of the Government. The Court has reviewed the file, has heard from counsel, and is fully informed. This Order is entered to memorialize the oral rulings of the Court.

         At this hearing, Defendant moved for a continuance to allow additional time to investigate this case. The Government did not object to a continuance in this matter.

         The Court finds that the ends of justice served by the granting of a continuance of the trial in this matter outweigh the best interests of the public and Defendant in a speedy trial. A trial date of December 5, 2017, would deprive defense counsel of adequate time to obtain and review discovery and provide effective preparation, taking into account the exercise of due diligence. 18 U.S.C. § 3161(h)(7). Accordingly, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED:

         1. Defendant's Oral Motion for a Continuance is GRANTED.

         2. The current trial date of December 5, 2017, is STRICKEN and RESET to April 10, 2018, at 8:45 a.m. commencing with a final pretrial conference at 8:30 a.m. All hearings shall take place in Los Angeles, California.

         3. A pretrial conference is set for March 6, 2018, at 11:30 a.m., in Los Angeles, California.

         4. Courtesy copies may be e-mailed to chambers in Word format to the Court at whaleyorders@waed.uscourts.gov.

         5. Counsel for defense shall notify Defendant of all hearings and ensure his/her attendance at court.

         6. Motions to Expedite, if any, shall be filed separately and noted for hearing two (2) days from the date of filing, after informing opposing counsel of such.

         7. Discovery motions, pretrial motions, and motions in limine shall be filed on or before February 13, 2018; responses are due February 20, 2018; and replies are due February 27, 2018. Counsel shall note their motions for hearing at the pretrial conference on March 6, 2018.

         8. Trial briefs, requested voir dire, witness lists, jointly proposed jury instructions, and a table of proposed jury instructions shall be filed and served on or before March 30, 2018.

(a) The jointly proposed jury instructions should address only issues that are unique to this case and shall include instructions regarding the elements of each count, any necessary definitions, and a proposed verdict form.
(b) The parties shall provide the Court electronically with a table of proposed, cited jury instructions. This ...

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