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Court considers whether counsel affects speedy trial right

WASHINGTON – During oral arguments that included a rare comment from Justice Clarence Thomas, the U.S. Supreme Court considered whether a state’s failure to fund court-appointed counsel for a murder defendant should be weighed against the state in determining whether ...

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SPEEDY TRIAL

Is the time between the filing of a pretrial motion in a criminal case and its disposition automatically excluded in calculating the deadline for commencing trial under the Speedy Trial Act?

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SPEEDY TRIAL

Is the time requested by a defense attorney to prepare pretrial motions excluded from the 70-day time limit for bringing a case to trial under the Speedy Trial Act of 1974 if no motion is filed? U.S. Supreme Court. Bloate v. U.S., No. 08-728. Certiorari granted April 20, 2009. Ruling below: 534 F.3d 893 (8th Cir. 2007).

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SIXTH AMENDMENT

Even though a defendant went through six assigned attorneys over three years, his right to a speedy trial was not violated. Vermont v. Brillon, No. 08-88. March 9, 2009.

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