Attorney General’s Arguments Upheld in Unanimous U.S. Supreme Court Ruling

In a unanimous ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld Montana’s argument that a delay in sentencing does not violate a person’s constitutional right to a speedy trial. On March 28, Montana Solicitor General Dale Schowengerdt presented this argument to the Court on behalf of the Attorney General’s Office.

Attorney General Tim Fox issued the following statement regarding today’s ruling:

“In its unanimous ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed the arguments made by the Montana Attorney General’s Office. While this office certainly recognizes the need for sentencing to occur as quickly as possible after conviction, the Court agreed with us that a sentencing delay does not violate a person’s constitutional right to a speedy trial. I am grateful to Solicitor General Dale Schowengerdt, who argued before the Court in March, as well as Assistant Attorneys General Mark Fowler, Tammy Hinderman, and Jonathan Krauss, who invested their time and talent into developing a strong case on behalf of Montana. As a result of their hard work, this case will have an impact on jurisprudence throughout the country.”

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