Brief filed: 02/24/2017
Robey v. United States
United States Supreme Court; Case No. 16-7725
Decision below, 831 F.3d 857 (7th Cir. Aug. 3, 2016).
The question whether a district court must provide specific and individualized reasons on the record before an ends-of-justice continuance counts as excludable time is vitally important for ensuring speedy trials. The circuits are divided on how to review ends-of-justice continuances. The circuit conflict is important because district courts frequently use the ends-of-justice provision to grant continuances. Congress created the STA with the public interest firmly in mind and only strict compliance with the Act's on-the-record requirement will protect the public interest. Judicial enforcement of the STA is particularly important in circuits, like the Seventh, that are relatively slow in disposing of criminal cases.
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Steven H. Goldblatt, Georgetown University Law Center Appellate Litigation Program, Washington, DC; David M. Porter, NACDL, Washington, DC.