Speedy Trial Amicus

Attorney Wood along with a team from Goodwin Procter, LLP including Attorney Willie Jay, recently filed an amicus brief in the SJC. On behalf of the Massachusetts Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, they argued that the murder defendants were entitled to dismissal of their cases because the prosecution was not ready to try the cases within one year. The defendants did nothing to delay the case. And yet the prosecution tries to blame them for not objecting to the scheduling of routine pretrial conferences that never delayed the originally-scheduled trial date. The prosecution's argument is nonsense both as a matter of law and as a matter of policy. Read the brief here.