Monday, August 03, 2020
Miles from the Mainstream
D. R. ZUKERMAN, proprietor

Is it constitutional to schedule the Ghislaine Maxwell trial a year from now?

July 19, 2020 --

Ghislaine Maxwell, alleged partner of the late Jeffrey Epstein in under-age sex crimes, was denied bail and her trial is scheduled to take place in July, next July, not this July. LPR's reading of the Sixth Amendment finds these words at the beginning of this constitutional provision:  "In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy  the right to a speedy and public trial..." 

How does trial a year from now comport with the requirements of Amendment VI -- whether or not bail was set?  The fact that bail was not set makes the Maxwell case all-the-more egregious, in LPR's view.

Where are the civil liberties people, or are civil liberties not allowed for persons linked to the deceased Mr. Epstein, whose attorneys, in July 2019, wanted their client's trial to begin no earlier than Labor Day 2020, a decidely unspeedy date, as well?