In Charlie’s piece yesterday, he noted:
The expectation from those around the 3rd floor water cooler is that Balfour will ask for a speedy trial, then use other Senator’s expense reports to show that everyone else is “just as sloppy” as Balfour was in completing his.
Almost immediately after an indictment is handed down in Fulton Superior court, a case is assigned to a judge. The only exceptions to this rule are cases considered “non-complex”, simple thefts by taking for instance, that are handled in a 9 week frame. But Balfour’s case, which is being prosecuted by the state Attorney General AND involves many documents and charges, has been placed in the non-complex calendar. He’s got an inquiry hearing before Judge Woodson who is among three judges who drop down and sit as designated on non-complex cases. I bet he’s thrilled by this development. Regardless, this case is entirely inappropriate for non-complex treatment.
So why is this case being handled specially? Is someone trying to put a lid on others’ embarrassment, or is this just about helping Balfour to make the whole thing go away?