Thursday, July 14, 2005

Delay for Sewell trial?

The government is opposing a motion from defendant Walter Sewell, a St. Joseph, Mo., pharmacist indicted for child porn who is scheduled for trial on Aug. 1. In a formal response filed Wednesday, Assistant U.S. Attorney Cynthia Phillips states that, "The defendant continues to hire and fire his attorneys in an effort to delay the proceedings in this case," and argues that, "The defendant’s apparent 'attorney shopping' in an effort to delay resolution of the government’s case against him should not be tolerated by this Court."

Phillips also notes: "After the United States Magistrate Judge Robert E. Larsen granted three continuances ... Judge Larsen indicated in his final order that 'counsel are put on notice that this is a firm trial setting and will not be continued further absent extraordinary circumstances.'"