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NCJ Number: 64640 Find in a Library
Title: PREPARED STATEMENT BY DAVID B ISBELL AND MARK D NOZETTE ON BEHALF OF THE AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION (FROM SPEEDY TRIAL ACT AMENDMENTS OF 1979 - HEARINGS, 1979 SEE NCJ-64636)
Author(s): D B ISBELL; M D NOZETTE
Corporate Author: US Congress
Senate Cmtte on the Judiciary
United States of America
Date Published: 1979
Page Count: 6
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
US Congress
Washington, DC 20510
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Legislative/Regulatory Material
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THE AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION (ACLU) OPPOSES AMENDMENTS TO THE SPEEDY TRIAL ACT OF 1974 AT PUBLIC HEARINGS HELD IN MAY 1979 BEFORE THE SENATE COMMITTEE ON THE JUDICIARY.
Abstract: ACCORDING TO THE ACLU, THE MOST STRIKING FEATURE OF THE ACT IS THE ESTABLISHMENT OF SIGNIFICANT TIME LIMITS FOR CRIMINAL CASE PROSECUTION. INDICTMENTS MUST BE FILED WITHIN 30 DAYS OF ARREST, ARRAIGNMENTS MUST BE HELD WITHIN 10 DAYS AFTER CHARGES HAVE BEEN FILED, AND TRIAL MUST BEGIN WITHIN 30 DAYS OF ARRAIGNMENT. THE ACT INCLUDES NUMEROUS FEATURES TO AVOID OPPRESSIVE MECHANICAL DEADLINES. BECAUSE FINAL TIME LIMITS SPECIFIED IN THE ACT WERE BEING MET IN MOST FEDERAL CASES DURING 1978 (BEFORE FORMAL PASSAGE OF THE ACT), EXTENTION OF THE TIME LIMITS IS UNWARRANTED. EXPERIENCE DEMONSTRATES THE ACT'S EFFECTIVENESS AND THE SUCCESS OF CONGRESS IN FORCING COURTS AND PROSECUTORS TO MODERNIZE THEIR HANDLING OF CRIMINAL CASES. THE FUNDAMENTAL PURPOSE OF THE ACT MUST NOT BE OVERLOOKED: TO GUARANTEE DEFENDANTS IN FEDERAL PROSECUTIONS THE CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT TO A SPEEDY TRIAL. (DEP)
Index Term(s): American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU); Defendants; Federal courts; Law reform; Laws and Statutes; Right to speedy trial; Speedy Trial Act of 1974
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