In Rodrick Patterson v. Hinds County, Mississippi
Rodrick Patterson filed this pro se lawsuit seeking compensation for 23 months of incarceration in the Hinds County Detention Center. His time in jail was pointless, he says, because the criminal charges he faced were ultimately dismissed. He wants to hold the government accountable for violating his constitutional right to a speedy trial.
Hinds County has now moved for summary judgment. It seeks to be released from this suit. Its motion is fully briefed and ready for review.
The Court has considered the facts, arguments, and governing law. Like many others in Mississippi, it has taken notice of our speedy trial problem. Speedy trial violations are widespread and worsening. Parts of Mississippi have significant problems honoring this constitutional right. There is no solution on the horizon.