United States v. Frias

Woman is arrested on state charges in 2014 relating to murder. Shortly after, the feds indict her on a separate charge—but don’t tell her. She pleads guilty to state charge, gets sentenced in 2016. Nine months pass, and the feds finally unveil the 2014 indictment. (She’s duly tried and convicted.) A speedy trial violation? The Tenth Circuit says no. While the feds don’t have a good excuse for the nine-month delay, she failed to show how it hurt her at trial, and, since she was serving her state sentence, it’s not as though she were in prolonged pretrial custody.

Tags: 2018, Right to Speedy Trial, Sixth Amendment, Tenth Circuit

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