The D.C. Circuit affirmed a judgment of the district court in a case in which the defendant alleged on appeal that the more than 21 months that passed between his indictment and trial violated the Speedy Trial Act. The government argued that two pretrial filings and a superseding indictment triggered periods of excludable delay that brought the defendant's trial within the required time frame under the act. The appeals court agreed that the defendant's trial did not violate the Speedy Trial Act.
United States v. Smith
July 8, 2008