It took 10 months (290 days) for the superior court of haywood county to rule on Alexanders case and pass sentencing. Considering that the defense was urging Alexander to plead guilty, with no rebuttals and zero repudiation … the case should have been heard and ruled on months and months prior. In all actuality it should have been taken care of the first time it came to court … but for whatever reason, it was constantly put off to a later date. According to the U.S. Constitution citing a speedy trial, it should have taken no longer than 70 days. NC’s “speedy trial” statute was abandoned by the state in 1989, but the old statute stated that a reasonable amount of time for a defendant to wait for a trial was 120 days. Nearly all states have ‘speedy trial’ statues in place, but for some mystery reason, the state of NC decided it no longer wanted to insure the rights of its citizens. Regardless, my son is a natural born citizen of the United States and as such is protected by the fundamental laws of the constitution, first and foremost. He has been denied his right to a Speedy Trial and due process by the county of Haywood as well as the state of North Carolina. I’m positive a Supreme Court would agree. It would certainly be cause for the two aforementioned entities to show their reasons for such a lengthy delay.
What ARE some reasons for delaying court proceedings? And, if the defendant causes the delay(s), is the time he wasted applied to or removed from the Speedy Trial provision? Read more in the forum … here