STIPULATION TO AMEND THE BRIEFING SCHEDULE
JAMES C. MAHAN, District Judge.
The parties — the United States of America, Chaofan Xu, Guojun Xu, Wanfang Kuang, and Yingyi Yu — stipulate to amend the briefing schedule set out in the court's April 21, 2017 Order (Doc. 928). According to that order, the parties are to file answering briefs by Monday, July 17, 2017, and then file objections to the revised presentence report by Monday, August 7, 2017. Id. at 1.
Furthermore, Chaofan and Guojun still have not been transferred to Las Vegas for the resentencing hearing. Counsel for defendants need time to meet with their clients, to go over the revised presentence report, go over any objections to and errors in the revised report, to discuss the issues raised thus far in the sentencing briefs, to prepare appropriate responses for the answering brief, and to prepare for all other aspects of the sentencing hearing, e.g., prepare for and present all matters counsel believe are appropriate under 18 U.S.C. § 3553 for the court to consider in sentencing defendants. And, as the court knows, once the defendants are transferred to Las Vegas for the sentencing hearing, they will be incarcerated in the Nevada Southern Detention Center in Pahrump, Nevada. That is a 45 minute drive, or so, one way from Las Vegas. Schedules will need to be rearranged and other accommodations made so that counsel can travel to Pahrump to meet with their clients to do all of the above. This is particularly true since we currently don't have an exact date when Chaofan and Guojun will be in Las Vegas.
The parties have discussed, and understand, that all of this cannot be accomplished in one client visit, and thus counsel will need about a two-week window of time to meet with their clients as needed to do all of the above before filing their answering briefs and objections to the revised presentence report.
The latest information provided to counsel for the United States indicates that Chaofan and Guojun are expected to be in Las Vegas by July 24 or 25, 2017. Based on this information, and the need for about a two-week window of time for counsel to meet with their clients, as discussed above, the parties agreed to extend the due date for the answering briefs and enter into this stipulation.
This, of course, is based on the current expectation that Chaofan and Guojun will be in Las Vegas by July 24 or July 25, 2017, so that counsel can meet with them before filing answering briefs and objections to the revised report. And, it's based on the assumption that one week — i.e., from Monday, August 7, 2017 to Monday, August 14, 2017 — gives the court the time it needs to read all of the briefing and objections to the revised presentence report before the sentencing hearing.
If Chaofan and Guojun do not arrive in Las Vegas by July 24 or July 25, 2017, the parties have agreed to extend the time to file the answering briefs and objections to the revised presentence report and the sentencing hearing date, accordingly, keeping in mind the two-week window of time discussed above to give counsel time to meet with their clients before filing the briefs and objections (e.g., if Chaofan and Guojun arrive one week later, say around July 31 or August 1, 2017, the briefs and objections will be filed one week later too, by August 14, 2017 instead of August 7, 2017, and the sentencing hearing will be continued for a week, too, from August 14 to August 21, 2017, or a date thereafter convenient for the court).
Likewise, if one week does not give the court enough time to read all of the briefs and objections, the parties understand that the court may need to move the current sentencing date of August 14, 2017 to a time thereafter that is convenient for the court and gives it enough time to prepare for the hearing.
But for now, the parties respectfully request the court keep the current sentencing hearing date of Monday, August 14, 2017.
IT IS SO ORDERED.