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Betterman v. Montana
United States Supreme Court
578 U.S. 437, 136 S. Ct. 1609 (2016)
Brandon Betterman (defendant) was charged with domestic assault. He failed to appear in court, and the State of Montana (plaintiff) charged him with bail jumping. Betterman pleaded guilty to the bail-jumping charge. Betterman then waited in jail for 14 months for sentencing. The delay was mostly based on institutional delay, such as the preparation of the presentence report and the scheduling of the sentencing. Eventually, Betterman was sentenced to seven years in prison. Betterman appealed.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Ginsburg, J.)
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