Judge denies Walker request to postpone revocation hearing

Judge denies Walker request to postpone revocation hearing
Dr. Bill Walker left the courthouse holding hands with his wife, Sharon, and followed by his son, Scott. (Photo source: WLOX)

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Dr. Bill Walker will return to a federal courtroom Wednesday.

U.S. District Judge Keith Starrett just shot down a defense request to reschedule Walker’s supervised release revocation hearing until October 19.

After a short telephone conference call with attorneys, a docket entry was posted in Walker’s file. It said, “The Motion for Continuance of Hearing to be held on 9/19/2018 is Denied.”

Defense attorney John Weber filed the motion to continue on Tuesday. “The requested continuance will serve the ends of justice and is not sought for purposes of delay,” the defense attorney wrote in the motion.

The document says Walker’s team needs the extra month “to provide the court a clear picture of the defendant’s finances, and to provide the court with information showing a good faith effort to make payments toward outstanding restitution and fine.”

When Walker left a federal prison, a district court judge ordered him to pay $5,000 a month to pay off $572,000 in restitution, and a $125,000 fine. However, prosecutors contend the former Department of Marine Resources executive director has failed to pay the full amount he owes.

In February, United States District Judge Keith Starrett ruled on Walker’s request to have his restitution payments lowered. Starrett denied the request, saying, “No accounting was furnished showing that the Movant has made any significant effort to adjust his lifestyle to provide for payment of the Court ordered monetary sanctions.” Walker’s attorney cites that February hearing in his motion for a continuance. “Additional time is needed to obtain a copy of the defendant’s Presentence Investigation Report and a transcript of the status hearing held on February 5, 2018.”

Dr. Walker went to federal prison in 2014 after admitting he defrauded the government. His supervised released started in late 2017.

Despite an on line posting in the Walker court file saying the motion to continue is unopposed by prosecutors, Judge Starrett ruled the hearing will be held Wednesday.

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