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New federal trial date for Rocky Houston

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By Damon Lawrence

Rocky Houston’s Aug. 19 trial on federal firearms charges has been continued.
U.S. Magistrate C. Clifford Shirley Jr. appointed Michael McGovern to represent Houston on July 31 after Houston complained about his previous attorney.

“The court finds that to require defense counsel to proceed to trial on Aug. 19 would be a miscarriage of justice,” Shirley said in his order continuing the trial.
“Mr. McGovern needs time to meet with the defendant, to review discovery, and to interview witnesses.”
The U.S. Attorney’s Office didn’t oppose postponing the trial.
“Given that Mr. McGovern has just entered the case, the court finds that the failure to grant a continuance would deprive defense counsel of the reasonable time necessary to prepare for trial, despite his use of due diligence,” Shirley said.
Houston’s new trial date is Dec. 3.
That date is tentative and subject to change. Houston is charged with 14 counts of being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm. He faces up to 140 years in prison if convicted.