Man Jailed A Year, Acquitted In One-Minute Trial

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Preston Burns, 28, languished in the overcrowded Chester County, Pa., Prison for a year with no court date. The Philadelphia Inquirer calls him "a poster child for the adage that the wheels of justice grind slowly." Yesterday, he experienced the opposite extreme. Chester County Court Judge James P. MacElree 2d held a swift, nonjury trial - and acquitted Burns of marijuana possession. A deputy sheriff called it "the fastest trial I ever saw." Charles M.J. Nester, a public defender said, "I don't think it lasted more than a minute." Burns had been in prison since last July 11 . . .

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