A Brevard County assistant public defender was allegedly assaulted by the presiding judge
after the judge failed to pressure the attorney into waiving his client's constitutional right to a speedy trial. The video shows the confrontation in the courtroom get heated and then has audio only of the actual assault taking place out of view of the camera. The commentary from the witnesses and reporters fails to truly address why things got heated and what important principle the lawyer was trying to protect.
In Colorado, a person accused of a DUI or other criminal offense has a right to have their case brought to trial within six months of the entry of a not guilty plea unless the defendant waives their right to a speedy trial thus restarting the six month clock anew. The purpose behind the right to speedy trial is to prevent the government from needlessly delaying a trial to the point where potential defense witnesses become unavailable or their memories become stale. As a Denver DUI and criminal defense attorney, I have seen cases be dismissed for violating a defendant's constitutional rights. I have also seen prosecutors and occasionally judges become quite upset with defense attorneys for not waiving their clients rights. I have never seen these situations result in fisticuffs in Denver.
It is the mission of the Buckley Law Office to vigorously protect our clients' rights.