* * * * CIRINO GONZALEZ * * * *************************


PARTIALLY ASSENTED MOTION TO EXCUSE PRESENCE OF COUNSEL NOW COMES the defendant, Cirino Gonzalez, by counsel, David H. Bownes, and respectfully requests that this Court excuse this counsel’s presence at the Conference currently scheduled for Monday, March 3, 2008 at 3:30 p.m. in Portland, Maine. As grounds for this request it is stated: 1. The defendant is charged with Conspiracy to Prevent Officers of the United States from Discharging Their Duties (18 U.S.C. § 372); Conspiracy to Commit Offenses Against the United States (18 U.S.C. § 371); Accessory After the Fact (18 U.S.C. § 3); and Carrying and Possessing a Firearm in Connection with a Crime of Violence (18 U.S.C. § 924 ( c ) (1) (A) (I). 2. A conference is currently scheduled for Monday, March 3, 2008 at 3:30 p.m. in Portland, Maine. 3. This counsel is scheduled to pick a jury on March 3, 2008 at 9:00 a.m. at the Belknap County Superior Court (State v. Charles Cook 07-S-505;506). This case was originally scheduled for January 22, 2008 but was moved to March 3, 2008. 4. The presence of this counsel is not necessary as there are no outstanding issues at this time.

5. The government has indicated that it does not object to the granting of this request. 6. Counsel for the co-defendants have indicated that they do not object to this request. 7. This counsel has not been able to ascertain the position of Daniel Riley. WHEREFORE the defendant requests that this Court grant said relief and for such further relief as may be just.

Respectfully Submitted, Cirino Gonzalez, By His Attorney, LAW OFFICE OF DAVID H. BOWNES, P.C.

Dated: February 29, 2008

/S/ David H. Bownes, Esq. David H. Bownes, Esq. NH Bar No.: 277 486 Union Avenue Laconia, NH 03246 (603) 524-4330 office@dhblaw.net

CERTIFICATION I hereby certify that on this 29th day of February, 2008 that a copy of the foregoing Partially Assented to Motion to Excuse Presence of Counsel has been forwarded to Arnold Huftalen, Esq., United States Attorney’s Office, Paul Garrity, Esq, Mark Howard, Esq., and to Stanley Norkunas, Esq. via ECF and also to Daniel Riley via U.S. First Class Mail.

/S/ David H. Bownes, Esq. David H. Bownes, Esq.

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