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Barker v. Wingo
Citation:407 U.S. 514 (1972)
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Petitioner was arrested and charged with murder. On his trial date, the commonwealth sought the first of what eventually amounted to 16 postponements of Barker’s trial. Five years later, he was finally convicted and given a life sentence. He appealed his conviction in to the Court of Appeals, alleging a violation of his right to a speedy trial under the 6th Amendment. The court affirmed. He then petitioned for habeas corpus.
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