STATE OF NEW JERSEY VS. GREGORY A. MARTINEZ
We again examine the tension between a trial court's discretionary "authority to control its own calendar" by denying an adjournment request and the need to safeguard "a defendant's Sixth Amendment right to a fair opportunity to secure counsel of his own choice" in light of State v. Miller, 216 N.J. 40, 62, 65 (2013) (citation and internal quotation marks omitted), cert. denied, __ U.S. __, 134 S. Ct. 1329, 188 L. Ed. 2d 339 (2014). Guided by the framework for review set forth in State v. Hayes, 205 N.J. 522 (2011), we conclude the denial of defendant's request to adjourn trial, without weighing the facts presented supporting the requested adjournment, reflects an arbitrary exaltation of expedience in case processing at the expense of defendant's right to counsel. Accordingly, we vacate the judgment of conviction and remand the matter for a new trial.