University of Pittsburgh

David Harris on PA Supreme Court's Speedy Trial Decision: "Constitutional rights are not technicalities."

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May 31, 2012

Professor David Harris explained the importance of the right to a speedy trial in a case arising from the dismissal of charges in an Allegheny County sexual assault case.  The defendant in the case was charged and held in custody prior to trial.  The district attorney's office did not bring the case to trial within one year, as required, and the Court of Common Pleas threw out the charges.  The PA Supreme Court reversed and re-instituted the charges, saying that the delay was the fault of the court system, not the prosecutor's office.  Professor Harris criticized the reversal.  "Contitutional rights are not technicalities," he said.  "They are there to protect people."

 

See the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review article here.

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