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United States v. Ramos-Meza

United States District Court, D. Minnesota

December 7, 2018

United States of America, Plaintiff,
v.
Fernando Ramos-Meza (1), Peter Martin (2), Javier Lopez-Lopez (3), and Juan Daniel Valdez-Mendoza (4), Defendants.

          ORDER

          Tony N. Leung United States Magistrate Judge

         This matter comes before the Court on Defendant Juan Daniel Valdez-Mendoza's Motion to Continue Motions Hearing and Trial (ECF No. 49), Defendant Peter Martin's Motion to Continue Motions Hearing and Trial (ECF No. 51), and Defendant Fernando Ramos-Meza's Motion to Exclude Time Under the Speedy Trial Act (ECF No. 53) and Motion to Continue (ECF No. 54). Valdez-Mendoza and Martin each state that they require additional time to review on-going discovery, to confer with their respective counsel, and to complete all investigation necessary to prepare for the motion hearing and trial. Valdez-Mendoza also indicates that he requires significant time to review discovery because he requires the services of an interpreter when he meets with counsel. Ramos-Meza states that he requires additional time to review on-going discovery and to prepare motions and prepare for trial. Both Valdez-Mendoza and Martin move to continue the motion hearing, set for January 2, 2019, and trial, set for January 14, 2019, for a period of 60 days.[1] Ramos- Meza moves to continue the motions filing deadline at least 30 days and moves for a new motion hearing date and trial date. Valdez-Mendoza, Martin, and Ramos-Meza have each filed a Statement of Facts in Support of Exclusion of Time Under the Speedy Trial Act (ECF Nos. 50, 52, and 55). By separate e-mail, the Government has confirmed that it does not object to the requested continuances.

         Pursuant to 18 U.S.C. § 3161(h), this Court finds that the ends of justice served by granting such a continuance outweigh the best interests of the public, Valdez-Mendoza, Martin, and Ramos-Meza in a speedy trial and such continuance is necessary to provide Valdez-Mendoza, Martin, and Ramos-Meza and their counsel reasonable time necessary for effective preparation and review and to make efficient use of the parties' resources. The exclusion of time and extension of all the motion hearing and trial dates as ordered below shall apply to all Defendants in this matter.

         Based on all the files, records, and proceedings herein, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that:

         1. Defendant Valdez-Mendoza's Motion to Continue Motions Hearing and Trial (ECF No. 49) is GRANTED.

         2. Defendant Martin's Motion to Continue Motions Hearing and Trial (ECF No. 51) is GRANTED.

         3. Defendant Ramos-Meza's Motion to Exclude Time Under the Speedy Trial Act (ECF No. 53) is GRANTED.

         4. Defendant Ramos-Meza's Motion to Continue (ECF No. 54) is GRANTED.

         5. The period of time from December 3, 2018 through March 5, 2019, shall be excluded from Speedy Trial Act computations in this case. See United States v. Mallett, 751 F.3d 907, 911 (8th Cir. 2014) (“Exclusions of time attributable to one defendant apply to all codefendants.” (quotation omitted)); United States v. Arrellano-Garcia, 471 F.3d 897, 900 (8th Cir. 2006) (same).

         6. All motions in the above-entitled case shall be filed and served consistent with Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure 12(b) and 47 on or before February 11, 2019.[2]D. Minn. LR 12.1(c)(1). Two courtesy copies of all motions and responses shall be delivered directly to the chambers of U.S. Magistrate Judge Tony N. Leung.[3]

         7. Counsel shall electronically file a letter on or before February 11, 2019, if no motions will be filed and there is no need for hearing.

         8. All responses to motions shall be filed by February 22, 2019. D. Minn. LR 12.1(c)(2).

         9. Any Notice of Intent to Call Witnesses shall be filed by February 22, 2019. D. Minn. LR. 12.1(c)(3)(A).

         10. Any Responsive Notice of Intent to Call Witnesses shall be filed by February 27, ...


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