Paul Burks criminal case delayed (slightly)
Just a quick update today today regarding the status of the Paul Burks criminal case.
A while Paul Burks’ attorney put in a Motion to Continue, citing the large volume of discovery they need to sift through before the commencement of a trial.
An order granting the motion was published on the 16th of January, with Judge Cogburn Jr. reasoning that
failure to grant such a continuance would deny counsel for the defendant the reasonable time necessary for effective preparation, taking into account the exercise of due diligence.
Further, the ends of justice served by granting such continuance outweigh the best interests of the public and the defendant in a speedy trial.
Basically the issue was that if the motion wasn’t granted, Burks’ attorneys wouldn’t be given adequate time to prepare his defense. This trumped the need for a speedy trial, as it would likely then be an issue raised in the trial itself.
Better to give Burks a little extra time now so that things run smoother later in court.
The case has been postponed now until “the March 2015 term”.
Burks’ attorney filed a notice stating that he’s unavailable during certain dates in June and July, indicating that the March 2015 term extends to mid-year.
At the time of publication, no actual date for the continuance of Burks’ case has been set yet.
Footnote: Our thanks to Don@ASDUpdates for providing a copy of Judge Cogburn Jr.’s order and Burks’ attorney’s Notice of Unavailability.