CASE LAW UPDATE: Whether defendant’s right to a speedy trial was not violated?
Defendant was convicted of 2nd degree assault and threats of violence. Defendant appealed. Defendant argued that his constitutional right to a speedy trial was violated. The Minnesota Court of Appeals held that his right to a speedy trial was not violated on the grounds that even though the start of defendant’s trial was more than 60 days from the date of his demand and thereby raised a presumption that a speedy trial violation occurred, the government did not deliberately attempt to delay the trial to hamper defendant’s defense, because the delay was the result of the judicial branch’s response to the COVID virus. Affirmed.
State v. Paige, A20-1228, St. Louis County.
Minnesota Criminal Defense Lawyer Lynne Torgerson was not attorney of record in this case.