WILLIAMSPORT — For the sixth time, Dr. Raymond Kraynak has asked the court to reschedule his trial on 19 charges related to unlawfully dispensing opioids.
Kraynak filed a motion Monday to continue jury selection scheduled for Aug. 5 and extend the deadline for filing pre-trial motions. Assistant U.S. Attorney William Behe, who is prosecuting the case, concurs with the request.
As of Thursday, U.S. District Judge Matthew W. Brann, who has granted previous continuances, has yet to rule on the motion.
The trial date was previously postponed by Brann from Feb. 5, 2018, to May 7; May 7 to July 2; July 2 to Sept. 10; Sept. 10 to Feb. 4; and Feb. 4 to Aug. 5.
In Monday’s filing, the defense claims that failure to grant a continuance "would likely result in a miscarriage of justice” and that the “ends of justice” served by granting the continuance “outweigh the best interest of the public and the defendant in a speedy trial.”
“Taking into consideration the complexity of this case, the amount of discovery to be reviewed and the amount of investigation that will be required, counsel is in need of additional time to prepare for trial,” an associated document states.