The defense asked for the new trial date to allow them enough time to review the over 200 thousand pages worth of discoveries.
Guam – Judge Joaquin Manibusan granted the defense’ request to postpone the trial for the Guam Medical Transport Medicare fraud case until December.
The defense asked for the new trial date to allow them enough time to review the over 200 thousand pages worth of discoveries. The prosecution objected to this request and argued that 60 days would be a reasonable amount of time for the defense to prepare for trial. The defense on the other hand argued that even if they were to review a thousand pages a day it would still take 200 days to review all of the discoveries. Also, the defense argued that the discoveries were in digital format which is harder to review and make notes on as opposed to a written or printed format. Defense attorney’s told the judge that even a printing company that they sought assistance from said it would take at least six months just to print all of the discoveries. Judge Manibusan decided to move the trial date to December 20th.
The trial was orginally scheduled to begin on April 11th.