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Infomercials, Criminal Contempt And The Speedy Trial Act

Publisher: Law360
April 7, 2016
Day Pitney Author(s) Daniel E. Wenner

Dan Wenner wrote an article, "Infomercials, Criminal Contempt And The Speedy Trial Act," for Law360. The article analyzes the decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, which held that the Speedy Trial Act did not apply in the criminal contempt case against TV infomercial pitchman Kevin Trudeau. Trudeau, who was found guilty and sentenced to 10 years in prison, argued the running clock for a speedy trial began when an initial show-cause order was issued by the district court. As Wenner points out in the article, the Seventh Circuit, agreeing with the district court, found the act did not apply because the first show-cause order limited Trudeau's exposure to six months. "The court's analysis and reasoning underpin the importance of being mindful of the structure, applicability and limitations of the Speedy Trial Act in criminal prosecutions," Wenner wrote.

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