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Justices say no constitutional right to speedy sentencing

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Justices say no constitutional right to speedy sentencing

The court was being asked for the first time to extend the right to a speedy trial that is part of the Sixth Amendment to the sentencing phase of a case

Justices say no constitutional right to speedy sentencing

WASHINGTON (AP) – A unanimous Supreme Court has ruled that a delay in imposing a prison sentence does not violate the Constitution’s right to a speedy trial.

The justices on Thursday upheld the sentencing of Montana defendant Brandon Betterman, who waited in jail for 14 months before being sentenced on a bail-jumping charge.

The court was being asked for the first time to extend the right to a speedy trial that is part of the Sixth Amendment to the sentencing phase of a case.

But Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said for the court that “the right does not extend post-conviction.”

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