A basic tenet of criminal procedure is that after arrest, you have the right to be brought before a judge without undue delay. (Think, Mallory v. U.S., 1957 and McNabb v. U.S., 1943.)
The Supreme Court upheld that principle today and threw out a confession, even though it was voluntary, because the cops waited too long to take the federal bank robbery suspect to court.
Today's case is Corley v. U.S., written by Justice Souter. The opinion is here (pdf). [More...]
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