” I received a copy of the Indictment this morning. Based on that copy, it
appears the grand jury convened and signed the Indictment on Tuesday 6/12.
The Assistant US attorney filed it yesterday, Wednesday 6/13. The
presiding federal district court judge will be Judge B. Lynn Winmill.
In addition, I just received unofficial notice that Bill’s initial
appearance on the Indictment will be next Wednesday 6/20 at 9:45 in front
of Judge Bush, a federal magistrate judge.
As I told you yesterday, the initial appearance will resemble Bill’s prior
court appearance where the judge informs him of the charge, maximum
penalty, his rights. The judge will accept a plea of not guilty and then
address procedural issues including the trial date, likely to be scheduled
in early August.
Judge Bush will also be the judge who determines the detention issue. I
believe he is a good judge who will strictly apply the law without undue
consideration of Bill’s prior conviction. When I file the motion for
release, I will notice it to be heard by the judge on the same day as
Bill’s initial appearance. We should not need any additional time. The
prosecutor is allowed a continuance up to 3 days, if requested.”