The Sixth Amendment of the Constitution states that the “accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial.” But that rings hollow in some parts of the U.S. where overwhelmed judicial systems are collapsing and the wait for justice is being extended.
But a speedy trial is not only unjust for the wrongly accused. Crime victims and their loved ones are paying the price as well. Without speedy trials, cases drag on for years, extending their suffering.
This is what happened to German Vargas.
German’s son Ronney, 20, was a three-time winner of the Golden Glove boxing competition, and had just turned professional when he was shot by Coimbre in the street five years ago.
Despite there being little doubt about who was to blame for Ronney’s death, Coimbre’s defense attorney Patrick Watts continually adjourned the case, and five years later Vargas was still waiting for a trial.