Well, that’s completely settled. Sorry, but… Why does it work like this??
OK, rewind a few days. On Friday Bryan Kohberger had a hearing where his legal team asked for the trial to be postponed – due to alleged “irregularities” in the grand jury proceedings. The judge denied the request, saying the hearing to dismiss the charges could take place on September 1 – but the trial would begin on October 2 as scheduled.
With that date, it was expected to happen by November 17 – almost a year to the day after the crime he was charged with, the murders of four people University of Idaho Students in their off-campus accommodation on November 13, 2022. Instead, the families of the victims maddie mogen, Kaylee Goncalves, Xana KernodleAnd Ethan Chapin will now have to wait much, much longer.
Related: Doesn’t Kohberger have a real alibi?
Per Statesman of IdahoPublic Defender Anne Taylor was able to request another hearing for Wednesday, and we suspect she pulled a rabbit out of a hat. Because if you assume their only goal is to delay the process (gosh, why does that sound familiar?), they figured it out. Kohberger waived his right to a speedy trial. You know, the Sixth Amendment thing? Right to a speedy and public trial by an impartial jury? Yes, apparently you can waive Is that true – and somehow does that mean your process is being delayed?
Watch as Kohberger explains to the judge that he is willing to waive his right (below):
We’re really puzzled. We mean, yeah, that’s it be He has the right to a speedy trial, which means he cannot be detained indefinitely without a trial. But what about the rest of us? Why does renouncing his right automatically mean that he can postpone it if he always wanted to? What about justice? What about the victims and their families? Not She have rights? Doesn’t a speedy process also serve the public interest and just this one guy? In a case that is so troubling nationally, one would think the court system would make room for an expedited hearing. Instead…
No new trial date has been set. So now we have no idea how long it will be before we actually get back on track, but one victim’s family – who have been watching much more closely than we have and even attended court hearings – seem to think it will be years now becomes.
in one Facebook On Wednesday, the Goncalves family wrote:
“We fear he will waive his right to a speedy trial. If he does, the trial won’t start on October 2nd and it’s very likely that it won’t happen for years to come. We want to get this process over with. Just the thought that it could take years is killing me.”
Oh man. Our hearts are broken for these poor people. Being held in this limbo for so long, not knowing for sure that the person who took her daughter away will be judged. That little piece of comfort was just snatched from them when it was so close… We can’t imagine.
What do YOU think of this shocking turn of events?
[Image via Law&Crime/NewsNation/YouTube/Kaylee Goncalves/Instagram.]