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Lawrence v. State

Supreme Court of Rhode Island

January 13, 2015

James Lawrence
v.
State of Rhode Island

Providence County Superior Court. (P2/14-1868AG). Associate Justice Robert D. Krause.

For Petitioner: John F. Cicilline, Esq.

For State: Joseph J. McBurney, Department of Attorney General.

Suttell, C.J., Goldberg, Flaherty, Robinson, and Indeglia, JJ.

ORDER

This is a petition for writ of habeas corpus wherein the petitioner asserts entitlement to bail pursuant to the provisions of G.L.1956 § 12-13-7, more than six months having elapsed from the date he was arraigned and ordered held without bail. This Court has held, however, that the six-month period within which a defendant must be tried or bailed under the cited statute commences when the defendant demands a trial. See In re Deslovers,35 R.I. 248, 86 A. 657 (1913) and Bridges v. Superior Court, 121 R.I. 101, 396 A.2d 97 (1978). ...


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