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CAV: Continuance for counsel’s absence chargeable to defendant (access required)

A continuance ordered due to the hospitalization of defense counsel tolled the speedy trial deadline, because the reason for the delay was unanticipated and beyond the control of the Commonwealth. Background Appellee Calvin Craighead was indicted for two counts of drug offenses, and the circuit court appointed him counsel. The trial was continued several times at both parties’ ...