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Man waited in prison for 3 years before acquittal of Bronx murder

The criminal justice system can be a vicious cycle that ensnares innocent individuals. One 23-year-old has seen his life devastated by this truth. At 20 years old, the young man was charged with the shooting death of another young man at a party in the Bronx in 2009. The young man had no connection to the victim, but did have a criminal history that worked against him.

It was well over three years before the defendant saw his day in court for these charges -- he was made to wait in prison while the trial was continually delayed. Growing increasingly frustrated by the denial of justice, the charged man was driven to violence with other inmates and officers, saying, "What can you do besides fight back?" After 41 months in prison just waiting for a trial to address his criminal charges, the young man finally saw his day in court after stretches of punitive isolation, and thoughts of suicide.

After all the time that passed, there was still nothing linking the man accused of murder to the victim. After years of waiting behind bars for a trial, the defendant was acquitted of all charges in relation to this murder. He was innocent of the crime for which he lost years of his life behind bars.

Regardless of an individual's criminal record, every person is entitled to a speedy trial. This is a Constitutional right. When a resident of the Bronx is facing extremely serious criminal charges of a similar nature, a skilled defense attorney will ensure that an individual has his or her due process maintained. A skilled legal attorney is the best shot that a charged individual has at maintaining their freedom. This is especially imperative if an individual has a criminal history, because authorities are far less likely to give such an individual the benefit of the doubt.

Source: The New York Times, "For 3 Years After Killing, Evidence Fades as a Suspect Sits in Jail," William Glaberson, April 15, 2013

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