@Mark 85 Re: Swift Justice...
"the courts are backed up with all the copyright infringement cases, drug-related cases, and assorted class-actions suits for just about everything under the sun."
Apparently you are unaware that there are quite a number of different courts in the US. There are local, state, and federal courts, and there are civil and criminal courts of each species. All these courts (except possibly certain local courts) are further divided into various kinds with various remits. Small claims courts, juvenile courts, surrogate courts, appeals courts, trade courts, traffic courts, maritime courts, administrative courts, and many many more.
Additionally, since the people in the story were in federal criminal court, I'm wondering where you get the idea that their prosecution was delayed because the courts are jammed with criminal copyright infringement cases. How many criminal copyright infringement cases are currently ongoing? Care to enumerate them for us?
And there are NO federal criminal prosecutions of kids caught smoking marijuana in local parks - whatever drug cases there are would be for large-scale trafficking and similar. What percentage of Federal cases involve such?
Moreover, class-action suits are civil suits. How that would cause criminal prosecutions such as this one to be delayed is not altogether clear to me. Care to explain this too?
As for your Symantec class-action lawsuit: how much court time did it actually require? If you got a "settlement" as opposed to an award by a jury, then it probably took very little court resources. Perhaps you think that class-action suits ought to be outlawed - I'm sure every corporation and business in the US would be more than happy to support you in that.
And, of course, how much of that 3 years was due to the defense asking for continuances, as opposed to the prosecution requesting them, or a court calendar crowded with petty drug crimes and criminal copyright infringement prosecutions, as you seem to think?
A reasonably typical post from you, though.