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Md. court overturns rape conviction, cites decades-old speedy-trial violation

Maryland’s second-highest court Tuesday overturned a man’s recent conviction on charges of having raped two teenagers 35 years ago, citing more recently discovered evidence that prosecutors in 1983 acknowledged their failure to bring him to trial within 180 days of ...

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Under the circumstances of this case, a proper assessment and balancing of the Barker factors lead us to conclude that Aseneh’s constitutional speedy trial right under the Sixth Amendment was violated. The delay was of a constitutional dimension; the reasons for the delay, if not neutral, were more often chargeable to the State; Aseneh regularly asserted his right to a speedy trial; and although the delay did not cause prejudice to Aseneh’s defense, it did cause prejudice to his person.

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