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Speedy Trial and Funding-Related Delays

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The U.S. Supreme Court granted certiorari today in the case of Boyer v. Louisiana, No. 11-9953.  The Question Presented, as framed by counsel for Boyer, is:

Whether a state's failure to fund counsel for an indigent defendant for five years, particularly where failure was the direct result of the prosecution's choice to seek the death penalty, should be weighed against the state for speedy trial purposes?

That wording may be somewhat misleading, as it seems to imply that defendant was unrepresented for five years.  The State says he was never without counsel.

The state appellate court opinion is here.

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