A Georgia appeals court has ruled that an attorney's constitutional right to a speedy trial was not violated despite his 57-month wait in a DUI case. The panel found that a speedy, impartial trial was hard to organize, given that the defendant was a local defense attorney and the defendant's lawyer a former DA married to one of only two Superior Court judges in the district. By the time local prosecutors and judges finished their recusals, nobody in the county was left to handle the case.
57-Month Delay Not Enough to Violate Right to Speedy Trial
August 10, 2005