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Virus trumps speedy trial requirements (access required)

The COVID-19 pandemic justifies tolling the right to a speedy trial under a judge’s case-by-case analysis, a Roanoke County Circuit Court judge has ruled. The decision builds on an opinion issued March 30 in Fairfax County. The April 14 opinion from Circuit Judge Charles N. Dorsey says courts around Virginia have split on whether the initial emergency ...