DOJ seeks to curtail rights during health emergency

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News Story Source: Brownwood Bulletin
There is no question that the nation is facing an unprecedented emergency, but now, especially now, is not the time to ignore the U.S. Constitution.

At stake are three fundamental rights that are afforded all persons accused of a crime – the right to a speedy trial, the government's responsibility to file charges within a reasonable, statutorily established, period of time, and the right to confront one's accuser.

A defendant's right to a speedy trial has constitutional and statutory underpinnings. The Sixth Amendment provides, through the Speedy Trial Clause, that an accused formally charged or detrained pretrial is entitled to have his case heard with reasonable diligence. Rule 48 of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure grants trial courts discretion to dismiss cases that are not brought to trial promptly.

The reason for a speedy trial rule is to prevent the government from arresting an accused and letting him or her languish in jail without being proven guilt
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