in about 95% of the cases, the defendant waives the right to a speedy trial, hoping to work out a deal in the meantime. Or to raise money for a defense, etc. In my experience, the courts really do protect this right. Remember the OJ trial, the one he was found innocent in? Perhaps the most brilliant thing he did was to not waive the right to a speedy trial. He forced the prosecution to go to trial almost right away, with what they had, instead of developing the evidence over months. Of course, he had the resources to outwork them in the short term - most Americans don't have that and therefore don't have the same benefits as he did from taking that approach.
"Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the the universe."-- Albert Einstein
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