a right to a speedy trial

My dad is a lawyer and he was telling me how one risky strategy that a defense can use, especially against the government, is that of calling for a speedy trial. Almost always, the defense will waive their right to a speedy trial because they need time to prepare the case, but in some situations they can spring an ambush on a prosecution that is not expecting to have to present a case on such short notice.

It doesn’t always work though, because if the government has its shit together, it can use its huge resources to be really be prepared even in a speedy trial situation, in which case the defense is dead.

Read this associated press article, and notice how Ted Stevens gambled on a speedy trial, but the government was super prepared and so easily won.

Like I said, speedy trials are a gamble.


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