Judges Enlisted to Attack Bronx Felony Backlog

, New York Law Journal

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In an effort to address the Bronx's "singularly intractable" felony backlog, court administrators will deploy 10 judges from outside New York City over the next six months to conduct trials for the borough's oldest felonies.

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  • Michael

    Over 2 year wait for trial. I wonder if the dopey Judges will charge that time to the "People" for speedy trial purposes? 6 months from arraignment to felony trial, yet they admit a backlog from 2-3 years. Seems logic, common sense and the LAW would indicate the easy and legal way to end the backlog, is grant the speedy trial motions sua sponte, since there is no 'reasonable excuse' that can be used to charge the time to the defendants. Of course, the Judges will skirt the speedy trial rule, and convince the mostly poor and indigent defendants to plea to jail time, when the fact is all these cases should be dismissed.

  • It was obvious from the beginning that the merger would do nothing more than clog already congested court calendars, as Supreme Court judges would now have to preside over Class A and B misdemeanors and violations IN ADDITION to the serious felony crimes. The merger was a ridiculous experiment that only infringed on defendants' rights to a speedy trial in the Bronx.

  • It was obvious from the beginning that the merger would do nothing more than clog already congested court calendars, as Supreme Court judges would now have to preside over Class A and B misdemeanors and violations IN ADDITION to the serious felony crimes. The merger was a ridiculous experiment that only infringed on defendants' rights to a speedy trial in the Bronx.

  • It was obvious from the beginning that the merger would do nothing more than clog already congested court calendars, as Supreme Court judges would now have to preside over Class A and B misdemeanors and violations IN ADDITION to the serious felony crimes. The merger was a ridiculous experiment that only infringed on defendants' rights to a speedy trial in the Bronx.

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