Dr. Robison and Dr. Hallaba case postponed until December

The federal trial for a well-known 64-year-old Sayre physician and his 89-year-old physician co-defendant has been postponed from April, 2019, to December, 2019, at the defense’s request.

According to court documents filed last week, Mel Robison, DO, and Moheb Hallaba, MD, filed joint filings requesting an extension while Hallaba received a mental evaluation. Both the defense and the prosecutor call the case “complex.”

The pair waived their right to a speedy trial on February 8 with a joint motion of continuance, at which point the trial was rescheduled to December 3, 2019.

Later court filings showed that the parties requested the continuance because Defendent Moheb Hallaba, MD, “is in the process of obtaining a competency evaluation.”

A magistrate judge had previously found Hallaba to be “indigent” in November, 2018, and appointed counsel to represent him. 

Court filings asserted that Hallaba’s evaluation had been delayed due to the government shutdown.

The court found that an eight-month delay was necessary to provide the parties and...

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