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People v. Hajjaj, No. D054754

By FindLaw Staff on June 30, 2009 1:30 PM

In felony case for transporting for sale a controlled substance, trial court order granting defendant's motion to dismiss and the judgment of dismissal are reversed and remanded where: 1) the court erred in granting defendant's motion and dismissing the case; and 2) the physical remoteness of the Indio court from the Riverside Hall of Justice constituted good cause within the meaning of section 1382(a) that justified commencement of the trial beyond the statutory time limit to allow defendant, his counsel, and the prosecutor to travel to the Indio court for the trial in this matter 

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Appellate Information
APPEAL from an order and judgment of the Superior Court of Riverside County, Thomas H. Cahraman, Judge. Reversed and remanded. 
Filed June 29, 2009

Opinion by Nares, J.   

For Plaintiff: Rod Pacheco, District Attorney, and Alan D. Tate, Deputy District Attorney.
For Defendant: Benedon & Serlin and Douglas G. Benedon, under appointment by the Court of Appeal.

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