CASE LAW UPDATE: Whether the delay to trial because of COVID measures did not violate defendant’s right to a speedy trial?
Defendant was convicted of failure to register as a predatory offender. He appealed. On appeal, defendant argued that his right to a speedy trial was violated because his trial did not begin until 137 days his initial demand. The Minnesota Court of Appeals held that defendant’s right to a speedy trial beyond 60 days of demand was not violated on the grounds that the trial court found that the COVID pandemic constituted good cause for delay, that defendant did not object to that finding, defendant did not contend on appeal that that finding was erroneous, and defendant did not show prejudice. Affirmed.
Minnesota Criminal Defense Lawyer Lynne Torgerson was not attorney of record in this case.