There have been movement in the case against Bridget Bonheyo and Jerome Bonheyo in the summer. Their trial date was scheduled for June 20, 2012, but Prosecutor Ryan Faulconer requested a continuance of the trial, which was subsequently approved by the Honorable Judge Joel A. Pisano on June 11, 2012. According to the motion, there are three reasons Prosecutor Faulconer requested the continuance:
- The Bonheyo attorneys are working with the Prosecutor’s office on a possible plea bargain, and this would basically eliminate the need for a trial.
- That if the plea discussions do not work out, both the prosecutors and the defendants’ attorneys need time to prepare for trial
- Faulconer pointed to a United States Code section saying that granting continuance is far better than pushing for a trial sooner than later. The USC Faulconer referred to is 18 U.S.C. § 3161(h)(7)(B)(ii) and (iv) — see this link: http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/18/3161
The new trial date is now September 4, 2012.
Not only that, soon after the request for continuance, the Bonheyo attorney, Thomas Pryor, requested a modification to Ms. Bonheyo’s Conditions of Release to allow her to travel overseas to Turkey between the dates of June 28, 2012 and July 8, 2012. The motion was approved by the Honorable Judge Pisano with the condition that Ms. Bonheyo returns her passport upon her return.