November 22, 2008 | Mark Paradies

Speedy Justice?

A 2007 accident case involving a Kentucky amusement park ride was settled (according to an AP story). In the accident, a teenager’s feet were severed when a cable on a ride malfunctioned.

Here’s what I find unacceptable. The accident happened in 2007. The trial was scheduled for 2010. The family (that had to care for the teenager and pay for medical assistance) had asked for a speedy trial. But Judge Barry Willett said the 2010 date was reasonable due to the case’s complexity and the amount of pretrial work ahead for attorneys.

Speedy justice means that those who suffer a loss must wait for a very slow legal process to drag on (three years to start a trial) while lawyers cross their t’s and dot their i’s.

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