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    How long can someone be held before trial? The reason I ask is because there's a case where a man is accused of killing his wife and children in Illinois. He was arrested back in 2007, bail was set at something like $1,000,000 (far beyond what he could afford), and the trial is unlikely to start before 2011.

    Suspect in slayings upset with trial delays - Chicago Tribune

    Daily Herald | Accused husband plans to say suicidal wife killed kids, herself

    P.S. The reason this particular case caught my attention is because I got a letter in the mail asking for help with his case because I went to high school and college with the accused. They wanted me as some sort of character witness for a guy I hadn't seen in over 15 years. I guess they're grasping at straws. I also knew his wife. And he dropped out of school after freshman year because he got her pregnant.

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    I believe a speedy trial is a right that the defendant often waives.
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    What is the reason for the delay?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MacGuffin View Post
    What is the reason for the delay?
    I don't know. I don't know enough about the case, only what I've read in some articles that come up on Google. 3+ years just seems like a really long time to keep someone locked up while awaiting trial. Maybe The Liquid Laser is right and he waived his right. I guess it could make sense if the state has a strong case against you, to delay what could be your only shot.
    "We grow up thinking that beliefs are something to be proud of, but they're really nothing but opinions one refuses to reconsider. Beliefs are easy. The stronger your beliefs are, the less open you are to growth and wisdom, because "strength of belief" is only the intensity with which you resist questioning yourself. As soon as you are proud of a belief, as soon as you think it adds something to who you are, then you've made it a part of your ego."

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    You know someone suspected of killing their wife and children? Woahh

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