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Vermont v. Brillon
Sixth Amendment, Appointed Counsel, Right to a Speedy Trial
1. Whether continuances and delays caused solely by an indigent defendant’s
public defender can arise to a speedy trial right violation, and be charged against
the State pursuant to the test in Barker v. Wingo, 407 U.S. 514 (1972), on the
theory that public defenders are paid by the state (with a small “s”).
2. Whether the right to counsel, as established in Gideon v. Wainwright, 372 U.S.
335 (1963), should result in broader speedy trial rights to indigent defendants than
defendants who are able to retain private counsel, such that only delays by private
counsel get charged against the defendant under the Barker v. Wingo test.
- Supreme Court of Vermont, Opinion Filed: March 14, 2008
- Docket Sheet From the U.S. Supreme Court.
Christina Elaine Rainville
Bennington County State Attorney's Office
William A. Nelson
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