Judge slaps down state’s defense of ‘structural and systematic’ delays in Bronx trials by invoking segregationist South

“A judge compared state lawyers’ arguments in a case on court delays to the pre-Civil Rights Era South, suggesting Wednesday their position against federal intervention might have been used by segregationists.

The Bronx Defenders alleged in a May lawsuit that those in the borough facing misdemeanor charges suffer from “structural and systematic” delays in their cases — violating their due process and speedy trial rights…”

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