Vermont v. Brillon
- The argument was heard on January 13, 2009.
- Issue: The issue in this case is whether delays caused by a public defender can deprive a criminal defendant of his right to a speedy trial.
- Background: Brillon was charged with aggravated assault and he already had three prior felony convictions, so he was facing a life sentence. While he was awaiting trial, his public defender made several continuance motions and the case was delayed for various reasons. The case had been delayed for three years when it was finally brought to trial.
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