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CASE ENTRY

United States v. Black

Defendants accused of murdering Buffalo, N.Y. drug dealer, among other crimes, spend over five years in pretrial detention after key evidence goes missing and prosecutors take nearly three years to decide whether to seek the death penalty. (The evidence was eventually found in the home of a retired detective.) At trial, the jury deadlocks. Second Circuit (over a partial dissent): No retrial. The delay violated their Sixth Amendment right to a speedy trial.


Tags: 2019, Death Penalty, Right to Speedy Trial, Second Circuit, Sixth Amendment

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