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Attorneys React To High Court's Speedy Trial Ruling

Law360, New York (May 19, 2016, 6:20 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Thursday that the Sixth Amendment right to a speedy trial does not extend to the sentencing phase of a criminal proceeding. Here, attorneys tell Law360 why the Betterman v. Montana decision is significant. 

Joel Bertocchi, Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP

"This unanimous decision is no surprise; what surprised me was that there were actually six states and two circuits that did apply the speedy trial right to sentencings. This ruling thus confines defendants claiming undue sentencing delay to challenges under federal or state rules or the Due Process Clause. And since the court notes that a defendant...

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