New York County Supreme Court Justice James Burke on Thursday denied a writ filed by New York’s Legal Aid Society, refusing to release people detained for longer than 24 hours between arrest and arraignment — a group that has numbered above 100 for most of the week.

While the New York courts have held that people should generally be arraigned within 24 hours, Burke said he had to consider that the city is facing a pandemic and mass protests at the same time, and those issues have slowed down the system.

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