In 1985, Charles Ng was charged with torturing and murdering a dozen people in a California cabin where they had been kept as sex slaves. Ng fled to Canada, where he was arrested. But Canada refused to return him to California because California has a death penalty. After six years, the Canadian Supreme Court ruled that Ng must be extradited to the United States to stand trial. Meanwhile, the police had inadvertently destroyed some bullets and blood samples needed in the case. One key witness had died. Ng continued to use the procedural laws to challenge every attorney appointed for him and every judge assigned to preside over the trial. The files in the case were reported to weigh about six tons—which hopefully is an exaggeration. On February 24, 1999, he was found guilty of eleven murders and sentenced to death, marking with that date commencement of the appeals process. The exhaustion of appeals takes several more years. Was Ng deprived of his right to a speedy trial?


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