Duke University law students successfully argued an appeal before a federal appellate panel on behalf of a criminal defendant who claimed his Sixth Amendment right to a speedy trial was violated when his case took 50 months between his arrest and jury selection.

On Sept. 10, 2021, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit agreed to hear a habeas petition for the defendant, Chal Kennedy, Jr., who was found guilty of a slue of robbery charges and subsequently sentenced in to 10 to 15 years in prison.

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