Is COVID good for criminal defendants?

Has COVID been good for criminal defendants? I have struggled with this question for the past year and a half. There have been some changes to court policies that argue in both directions. On the one hand, the repeated delays, lack of available jurors, and state-ordered pause on the Speedy Trial clock are bad for […]

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MA Criminal Courts During Corona-virus

Posted on April 6, 2020 by Joseph

The current crisis has put the criminal court system in an unprecedented struggle to function. Court hearings are happening by telephone conference, or video-link (if you are lucky). The Supreme Judicial Court has already ruled that delays resulting from the current crisis, will not be applied toward a defendant’s Constitutional speedy trial rights. As a […]

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