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State v. Santiago

Superior Court of Delaware, New Castle

February 3, 2015

STATE OF DELAWARE
v.
YOLANDA SANTIAGO

ORDER

Calvin L. Scott Judge.

This 3rd day of FEBRUARY, 2015, upon consideration of Defendant's Motion to Dismiss and the State's Response, it is Ordered:

The Defendant's Motion is DENIED.

This is a very complex case involving 16 co-defendants. The delay in this case is not presumptively prejudicial to the Defendant. The Delaware Supreme Court has made it clear that there is no precise time period which uniformly triggers a speedy trial analysis, and a longer period of delay in bringing a defendant to speedy trial can be tolerated for serious, complex charges such as murder in the first degree and multiple conspiracies. Skinner v. State, 575 A.2d 1108, 1116 (Del. 1990). Defendant has asserted no specific facts[1] which would show actual prejudice. See Barker v. Wingo, 407 U.S. 514, 530 (1972) (The Supreme Court has identified three types of prejudice that the right to a speedy trial seeks to prevent: (1) oppressive pre-trial incarceration; (2) anxiety stemming from being publicly accused of a crime; and (3) the possibility that the accused's defense will be impaired due to the death or disappearance of witnesses or the loss of memory with the passage of time.). Further, Defendant has asserted no harm to the presentation of her defense. See Id. (Of the three types of prejudice considered, "the most serious is the last, because the inability of a defendant adequately to prepare his case skews the fairness of the entire system." See Bailey v. State, 521 A.2d 1069, 1083 (Del. 1987). Therefore, the Motion is DENIED.

IT IS SO ORDERED


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