Right to speedy trial denied due to Covid-19, alleged batterer says - Times Argus


Your Honor, I move that my case be dismissed because the coronavirus shutdown of the court system has denied me my constitutional right to a speedy trial.

"But Branden D. Premont’s efforts may be for naught because he is now accused of trying to get the victim to change her story. Premont, 26, pleaded not guilty in March in Washington County criminal court in Barre to felony counts of first-degree aggravated domestic assault, second-degree aggravated domestic assault due to having a prior domestic assault conviction and a misdemeanor count of domestic assault. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of 21½ years in prison. He’s been ordered held without bail and is currently housed at Northwest State Correctional Facility in St. Albans."

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