July 24, 2012
Today's healine from the Colorado theater massacre suggests that a trial may be months, perhaps years away. The DA estimated a year. With the greatest respect for the American justice system, I don't understand how a case with dozens of eye-witnesses, a murder weapon and a suspect caught and identified just after the act could take a year to prepare. Sure, no mistakes must be made. Wouldn't want this psycho to walk on a technicality. But this seems like a slam-dunk. Instead, survivors and victims' families will be interviewed and re-interviewed, each time reliving the horror. Forensics will be studied and witnesses prepared. Holmes mental state will be examined and re-examined. The trial (how long could it last?) will be a cable-TV event. I'm sure there's a reason for all this. But just once, I wish the proceedings could be truncated...and justice served with expediency.