So if you are accused of any crime, you can be locked up for 7+ years, even if you are innocent!
The U.S. Supreme Court recently decided that it is constitutional if a state locks up a suspect for 7+ years without giving him a trial, and that somehow does not violate the 6th Amendment guarantee of speedy public trials. All a state has to do is claim it doesn't have the money to give you a trial and they can apparently get away with this indefinitely. SCOTUS betrayed the constitution once again in Boyer v. Louisiana.
- Do Louisianans Have the Right to a Speedy Trial?
- The Court “DIGs” in Boyer v. Louisiana – and sometimes silence can speak volumes
- Decision Text (PDF)