Monday, October 18, 2010

Baghdad LES Boards the Rocket Docket

H/T to Domino Spero for noting the criminal charges that have been filed in the U.S. Court for the Eastern District of Virginia against a locally engaged shipping and customs supervisor in the Iraq Support Unit of U.S. Embassy Baghdad (read it here).

We've all heard that "justice delayed is justice denied" (William Gladstone, British statesman, 1809-1898). Well, in the Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, that's more than just a sentiment. They take considerable pride in their ability to administer justice without delay.

The nickname of the Eastern District Court is "The Rocket Docket." It earned the name by having the shortest median time from filing to disposal of criminal cases in the entire U.S. Court system, a brisk two months for court trials and eight months for jury trials. It also holds the record for civil cases (ten months).

Osama Esam Saleem Ayesh might not like the justice that's coming to him, but at least he won't have to wait long to get a verdict.


Ando said...

So that leaves me with (at least) one question:

How do you get LES in Baghdad to go to training courses at FSI in the future?

TSB said...

Excellent question. Maybe each one should have a bail bondsman on retainer before they get on the plane for IAD?