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Speedy Trial Guarantee Applies to States: 'Klopfer v. United States' Turns 50

, New York Law Journal


Paul Shechtman writes: Fifty years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court decided 'Klopfer v. North Carolina', in which it held that the speedy trial guarantee of the Sixth Amendment applies to the states. Klopfer is the story of a man of conscience—Duke University zoologist Peter Klopfer—and a court committed to imposing federal constitutional standards in criminal procedure on the states.

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