The U.S. Supreme Court is set to hear case regarding denial of defendant’s right to a speedy trial, due to public defender delays.
Wired PR News.com – The U.S. Supreme Court is set to hear a case this week concerning the possible denial of criminal defendants of their right to a speedy trial, attributed to delays caused by government assigned public defenders. As reported by the Associated Press (AP), the case of career criminal Michael Brillion, who was jailed for three years pending an assault trial for hitting his wife, and endured six public defenders before having his trial, will have his case heard by the court to determine whether the delays infringed upon his legal rights.
Several have expressed concerns that the issue could result in some criminals taking advantage of the legal system. Brillion has been stated to have contributed the extensive delay of his own trial through firing some attorneys or his actions leading to their withdrawal. However, some legal advocates are outraged by the length of time he was held without bail with no trial.
Maureen Dimino with the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers attributes the problem to funding cuts for services of public services, quoted by the AP as stating, “This is going to become a bigger and bigger issue due to the economic crunch. The states are failing to fund these systems, causing these undue delays.”
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