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United States v. Phyfier

United States District Court, M.D. Alabama, Northern Division

May 18, 2018

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
v.
CYRUS PHYFIER

          ORDER ON ARRAIGNMENT

          Susan Russ Walker United States Magistrate Judge.

         On May 15, 2018, the defendant, CYRUS PHYFIER, appeared in person and in open court with counsel and was arraigned in accordance with the provisions of Rule 10 of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure.

         PLEA.

         The defendant entered a plea of NOT GUILTY. Counsel for the defendant is requested to contact the U.S. Attorney immediately if the defendant intends to engage in plea negotiations. If the defendant decides to change this plea, the parties shall file a notice of intent to plead guilty or otherwise notify the clerk's office at or before the pretrial conference and then this action will be set on a plea docket.

         PRELIMINARY SENTENCING GUIDELINES INFORMATION.

         The court no longer requires the United States Probation Office to provide preliminary sentencing guideline information to defendants. However, in difficult or complex cases defendants may request the United States Probation Office to provide Sentencing Guideline calculation assistance with the understanding that any estimate is tentative only and is not binding on the United States Probation Office, the parties, or the court. The court expects that requests for Sentencing Guideline calculation assistance shall be the exception and that defendants will not make such requests a matter of routine. A request for Sentencing Guideline calculation assistance shall be made in writing to the supervisor of the Presentence Investigation Unit of the United States Probation Office not later than 10 days from the date of this order. The calculation shall be completed not later than one week before the pretrial conference.

         PRETRIAL CONFERENCE.

         An initial pretrial conference is hereby set for June 11, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. Courtroom 5B, Frank J. Johnson, Jr. Federal Building and United States Courthouse Complex, One Church Street, Montgomery, Alabama before United States Magistrate Judge Susan Russ Walker. Not later than three days prior to the date of the pretrial conference, counsel shall confer about the issues and matters to be discussed at the pretrial conference as set forth in this order. Counsel who want in-custody defendants to attend must notify the Magistrate Judge within three days of the conference date so that an order to produce can be issued to the United States Marshal.

         At the pretrial conference defense counsel and counsel for the government shall be fully prepared to discuss all pending motions, the status of discovery, possible stipulations, and the estimated length of the trial. Defense counsel and counsel for the government shall be fully prepared to provide a definite commitment as to the final disposition of this case - by trial, plea or other non-trial disposition. If resolution of a dispositive motion will affect the nature of this commitment, counsel must be fully prepared to discuss this type of resolution. If the case is for plea, the notice of intent to enter a plea should be filed at the time of the pretrial conference. If counsel require additional time for plea negotiations, counsel should be prepared to inform the court about the date when those negotiations will be completed.

         TRIAL.

         This case is set for trial before United States District Judge Myron H. Thompson on the trial term beginning on July 18, 2018, at 10:00 a.m., in Montgomery, Alabama, unless otherwise ordered by the court.

         PRETRIAL MOTIONS.

         All pretrial motions under Fed.R.Crim.P. 12(b) and (d), 14 and 16, all notices under Fed.R.Crim.P. 12.1, 12.2 and 12.3, and any motion to compel pursuant to M.D. Ala. LCrR 16.1 Criminal Discovery (a copy of this Rule may be found at http://www.almd.uscourts.gov/forms/almd-local-rules) must be filed no later than TWO DAYS BEFORE THE FIRST PRETRIAL CONFERENCE HELD IN THIS CASE, except that if the pretrial conference falls on Monday, the deadline for filing pretrial motions is always the preceding Wednesday. No motion filed after this date will be considered unless filed with leave of court. A continuance of the pretrial conference or trial does not extend the motions deadline. THE CONFERENCING REQUIREMENT SET FORTH IN M.D. Ala. LCrR 16.1(C) CRIMINAL DISCOVERY SHALL BE MET BEFORE THE COURT WILL CONSIDER ANY DISCOVERY MOTION. THE COURT WILL DENY MOTIONS TO ADOPT MOTIONS FILED BY OTHER DEFENDANTS.

         Motions to suppress must allege specific facts which, if proven, would provide a basis of relief. This court will summarily dismiss suppression motions which are supported only by general or conclusory assertions founded on mere suspicion or conjecture. All grounds upon which the defendant relies must be specifically stated in the motion in separately numbered paragraphs in a section of the motion which is labeled “Issues Presented.” Grounds not stated in the “Issues Presented” section ...


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