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Cawley v State – Constitutional Speedy Trial Requires findings of fact

Cawley v. State, A13A2238, October 25, 2013. The Georgia Court of Appeals vacated the Glenn County Trial Court denied of a Constitutional Motion for Speed Trial in a case involving a 2009 arrest that was not brought to Trial by April 2013. The Brunswick Georgia Trial Court issued an order summarily denying the Constitutional Motion for a Speedy Trial without findings of fact and conclusions of law addressing the four Barker v. Wingo factors.  The factors are whether (1) the delay is uncommonly long;  (2) the reasons and responsibilities for the delay; (3) the defendant’s assertion of the right to a speedy trial; (4) the prejudice to the defendant.

-Author: George Creal

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