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Charges dismissed due to Speedy Trial Act violation (access required)

Where neither the district court nor the parties ever mentioned the Speedy Trial Act or the ends-of-justice exclusion when setting a date for trial beyond the time allowed under the Speedy Trial Act, the act was violated and the charges must accordingly be dismissed. Background The Speedy Trial Act requires that a criminal defendant’s trial “commence within ...