Bitter v. United States
United States Supreme Court
389 U.S. 15 (1967)
Bitter (defendant) was on trial for multiple federal charges. The United States (plaintiff) rested its case earlier than expected and Bitter asked permission to leave the courtroom to retrieve evidence from his office. The court granted a 45 minute recess. Bitter returned to court 37 minutes late. The trial judge ordered Bitter to be held in custody for the remainder of the trial. Bitter was incarcerated in a jail 40 miles away from the courthouse. After being convicted of multiple charges, Bitter appealed the conviction directly to the Supreme Court on grounds that his detention was unjustified and materially interfered with his right to the representation of counsel.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Per Curiam)
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