US Supreme Court case returns to Vermont

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A speedy trial case that made its way to the U.S. Supreme Court is back in Vermont.

The state’s highest court scheduled to hear arguments Wednesday on whether a "systemic breakdown" in the public defender system contributed to a three-year delay in trying assault suspect Michael Brillon.

In March, the U.S. Supreme Court reversed a 2008 ruling that threw out Brillon’s conviction and freed him from prison because it took too long to try his case.

Brillon’s back in prison now, but his lawyers say his claim – that a series of changes in public defenders representing him – is still grounds for dismissal.

Prosecutors say Brillon’s delays were Brillon’s doing, not the fault of the state Defender General’s office.

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