The officer was fired but has now been reinstated, with backpay, partly because of paperwork errors like someone checking both yes and no to a question. He will also keep drawing pay at his former rate, but can not work because he is not allowed weapons or to interact with law enforcement officers.
But my question is although the shooting was one year ago, they have no trial date because of procedural delays, from both the prosecutor and defense attorney. The main thing I understand is that the first District Attorney has been replaced by a different DA, who tried to recuse her office from the case because she thought the original rushed to charge the cop and she fears there is a bias in the DA’s office.
So if any of you lawyer type folks could explain what procedural delays are usually about, not just in this case, but in your run of the mill cases too. Is it stuff like one side needs more time to prepare? Psych exam for a client? Time to find a witness? Is there a point where a judge just says “Enough of this foreplay already, no more delays.”
Enlighten all us people that got our law degrees from watching Law & Order, or, for you really old timers, Perry Mason.
p.s. If it’s really boring and tedious stuff, just lie to us so we aren’t too disappointed.