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 Website:  http://www.wisegeek.com/what-are-handcuffs.htm   Date obtained: 5/25/16

Website: http://www.wisegeek.com/what-are-handcuffs.htm

Date obtained: 5/25/16

The case Betterman v. Montana was brought to the Supreme Court because the defendant believed that being given his seven-year prison sentence over a year after he originally pleaded guilty was a violation of his Sixth Amendment right to a speedy trial. The Supreme Court specified that there are 3 stages to criminal proceedings: investigation, trial, and sentencing, and that each stage has separate protections. Because of that, the Court ruled that the Sixth Amendment right to a speedy trial does not continue after a guilty conviction.

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