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Saturday, March 14, 2009

SCOTUS Decides Speedy Trial Clause Case

On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court decided Vermont v. Brillon.  At issue was whether delays in bringing a defendant to trial that are attributable to his court-appointed lawyers should be counted against the prosecution for purposes of the Speedy Trial Clause of the Sixth Amendment, as incorporated against the States by the Fourteenth Amendment.  By a vote of 7-2, the Court held that such delays generally cannot be charged to the prosecution. [Mike Mannheimer]

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