DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – The legal clock is ticking against Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price, his chief of staff Dapheny Fain, his political consultant Kathy Nealy and businessman Christian Campbell.
Federal law requires they and all criminal defendants have a speedy trial soon after a grand jury indicted them.
“Seventy days to get to trial. It’s not only a right granted to the defendant, but also speedy trial rights extend to the public also,” said Barry Sorrels, a defense attorney in Dallas.
But Sorrels said the Price and the three others indicted on public corruption charges, will likely request and receive more time to prepare for trial.
“It’s far more work than the public would likely expect.”
That’s because there are hundreds of pages of documents from a variety of records. He and former federal prosecutor Arnold Spencer say it’s a complicated case — even for prosecutors.
“It does take a long time to prepare for trials especially in these complex cases. They’ll want to see if any of the defendants has any interest in entering a plea, coming in and cooperating,” said Spencer.
All four defendants have pleaded not guilty.
Spencer and Sorrels said they believe the judge will give both sides a substantial delay. “I think a year will be more realistic for this case to be tried,” said Sorrels.
Attorneys for Price and Fain declined comment Monday.
CBS 11 News was unsuccessful in contacting attorneys representing Nealy and Campbell.