Friend,His attorney says, "However frustrating, the longer wait is better. More likely that things change helping the defendant than the state."
Smart attorney. You see, prosecutors (DA, colloquially) have a loaded docket every time. The more one waits, the more the DA will either have to do a good deal or risk the matter at trial
(which costs man hours and time). The DA does not want to go to trial most of the time. So the matter keeps getting postponed and hopefully, the DA will be pressured to agree to a good deal.
Is there a guaranteed mistrial, however? No. And, taking this risk also may mean being convicted
if the jury finds him guilty. As such, the attorney's advice of wait and let the pressure build on the DA makes a lot of sense.
Now, it is his choice, of course. However, if I were him, I would play the waiting game. Swain County is not large - there is no back up per se on cases, and there is no such enlarged mistrial of mistrial, I am afraid. Mistrial means the jury not being able to reach a unanimous guilty plea. In Swain County, the lab is not backed up (which may cause juries to question DA argument), so he'd be taking a risk going to trial. A big risk.
Waiting is better, even if it means financial hardship...
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