As noted Monday, Mark Wayne Ramsey, who is the third person charged in the insider trading scheme which led to Seattle Seahawks linebacker Mychal Kendricks pleading guilty to two felonies is scheduled to appear in court Tuesday. While fans and observers wait to see what happens at that hearing, Monday came and went without any filings in the case of Kendricks’ other co-conspirator, Damilare Sonoiki.
That is relevant for completely different reasons, and it boils down to the simple fact that Sonoiki is scheduled to be sentenced on July 15th. With sentencing scheduled for two Mondays from now, the fact that Monday came and went without any filings in the case could be seen as a potentially very positive development because of the timeline required of filings from the parties in the case. Specifically, let’s take a look at the scheduling memorandum which set the date of the sentencing to the 15th of this month.
The portion of that relevant to the fact that Monday came and went without any filings from either side is, “Motions other than downward departure motions under [Section] 5K1.1 of the United States Sentencing Guidelines and 18 U.S.C. [Section] 3553(e) shall be filed and served at least two (2) weeks before sentencing.” In short, if the feds were looking to ask for a sentence stiffer than the sentencing guidelines for Sonoiki, they needed to file no later than Monday, which was two weeks prior to when sentencing is scheduled.
Thus, the fact that no filings are showing in court records appears to be a good thing. This, of course, is not unexpected, as noted back in early June, there seems to be evidence that it appears likely Kendricks will be available for the 2019 season in spite of his pending sentencing.
In any case, with Ramsey set to appear in court Tuesday afternoon Eastern Time and sentencing memos for Sonoiki due to be filed next Monday, there appears to be a strong possibility that a lot will be learned regarding Kendricks’ situation in the coming seven days.