Judge slaps down state’s defense of ‘structural and systematic’ delays in Bronx trials

New York City: “The Bronx Defenders alleged in a May lawsuit that those in the borough facing misdemeanor charges suffer from “structural and systematic” delays in their cases — violating their due process and speedy trial rights.

“Lawyers from the state Attorney General’s office claimed in a hearing the case shouldn’t be litigated in federal court because it involves state-level matters.”

The “judge compared state lawyers’ arguments… to the pre-Civil Rights Era South, suggesting Wednesday their position against federal intervention might have been used by segregationists.”
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