Bloomberg Law
May 23, 2023, 2:09 PM

Speedy Trial Act Wasn’t Violated by Months-Long Covid-19 Delay

Bernie Pazanowski
Bernie Pazanowski

An immigrant’s conviction for illegally re-entering the US after being deported was valid despite the fact his trial was put on hold for almost a year because of the Covid-19 pandemic, a divided Ninth Circuit said.

The Speedy Trial Act’s 70-day period to go to trial was properly extended to accommodate the ends of justice, the opinion by Judge Sandra S. Ikuta said Monday.

Armando Orozco-Barron repeatedly enter the US illegally and has been deported eight times. On Aug. 13, 2020, he was again charged with illegal re-entry. The US District Court for the Southern District of California had jurisdiction ...

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