United States District Court, M.D. Alabama, Northern Division
ORDER ON ARRAIGNMENT
KEITH WATKINS CHIEF UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
September 10, 2018, the defendant, RICHARD A. STEHL, appeared
in person and in open court with counsel, Andrew Skier, and
was arraigned in accordance with Rule 10 of the Federal Rules
of Criminal Procedure.
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 final pretrial conference and then this action
will be set on a plea docket.
SENTENCING GUIDELINES INFORMATION.
court no longer requires the United States Probation Office
to provide preliminary sentencing guideline information to
defendants. But 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 only tentative 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 no later than 10 working days from
the date of this order. The calculation shall be completed no
later than 10 working days after the request.
initial pretrial conference is set for September 13,
2018, at 3:30 p.m. in Courtroom 2-B, Frank M.
Johnson, Jr. Federal Building and United States Courthouse
Complex, One Church Street, Montgomery, Alabama before Chief
United States District Judge W. Keith Watkins. The Clerk of
the Court is DIRECTED to provide a court reporter for the
conference. Before the conference, counsel shall confer about
the issues and matters to be discussed at the pretrial
conference as set forth in this order. At the conference,
defense counsel and counsel for the government shall be fully
prepared to discuss the status of discovery, possible
stipulations, and the estimated length of the trial.
case shall be set for trial before Chief United States
District Judge William Keith Watkins on a trial term set
specially to commence on November 5, 2018, at 10:00
a.m., in Montgomery, Alabama, unless otherwise
ordered by the court. The court will not entertain
any motion to continue filed after October 5, 2018, except
for unforeseen, extraordinary circumstances beyond the
control of either party.
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 under 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 September 19, 2018. 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.
to suppress must allege specific facts which, if proven,
would provide a basis of relief. This court will summarily
dismiss suppression motions that 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 of the motion will be
deemed to have been waived. See generally United States
v. Richardson, 764 F.2d 1514, 1526-27 (11th Cir. 1985).
government shall file a response to all
motions filed by the defendant on or ...