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Criminal Procedure Keyed to Chemerinsky
Vermont v. Brillon
Citation:556 U.S. 81 (2009)
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Brillon (Respondent) was indicted and charged with domestic assault, and after a trial, was sentenced to prison. Between Brillon’s arrest and his trial, at least six different lawyers were appointed to represented him, but the lawyers failed to file requisite motions or were otherwise ineffective. This led to a delay of three years between the arrest and the trial. The Vermont Supreme Court vacated the conviction, ruling that the charges must be dismissed because he had been denied his right to a speedy trial.
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