I agree with my colleagues, do not waive your right to speedy trial. This is a constitutionally established right for all criminal defendants and you should not do anything to waive it until first getting an attorney. This is very serious.
No. What may seem "clear" to you is not always what the facts will ultimately reveal. Recently in my community, a young woman was tried for murder and the first jury ended up hung with just one hold-out juror standing between her and a murder conviction. She was retried, and acquitted by a unanimous jury.
Same defendant. Same witnesses. Same facts. Big difference.
So what we "know" from watching the TV news isn't always so certain after all.
I agree with my colleague that you should consult with an attorney to evaluate your situation. You haven't provided sufficient information to provide a clear picture of what's happening and it is not possible to predict what my result if you ignore this. An attorney can help you understand. Good luck.
I offer my condolences for your tragic loss. It is good that you are talking to lawyers. Make sure that you find someone experienced in wrongful death claims against municipalities and get an evaluation of your options. You may want to interview a few such lawyers to get a full sense of whether there is a viable case.
I am not familiar with Kentucky law, but your mention of a $200k cap suggests that there may be a limit on the amount available against municipalities for wrongful conduct....
First, make sure that there was not any reasonable medical reason for this behavior. I cannot give you specific legal advice, but if a person believes that they have been sexually assaulted, that person should immediately contact local law enforcement to report the conduct. That person could also file a report with the state's medial licensing authority. Finally, that person could also retain a medical malpractice or personal injury attorney to seek civil damages against the doctor.
The question is not what your "lawyer and the other lawyers want...," rather it sounds like your lawyer has concluded that the amount being offered is the best that can be obtained on your behalf in settlement. Often, client's don't want to settle because they want more, but it must be remembered that in a negotiated settlement, an agreement is "purchased" using a coin called compromise. Nobody gets what they want, but everyone has a say in the outcome. If you go to trial, you don't have any...
I agree with attorney Chen that the court should be notified immediately. Even if the trial is concluded the judge will want to be informed of this. The state bar association will also want to be informed of unethical conduct such as this. You can use this link: http://www.calbar.ca.gov/Attorneys/LawyerRegulation/FilingaComplaint.aspx
I agree with my colleague that each judge handles case management issues such as this in their own way. However, my opinion is that most judges do not have the time or desire to read briefing until all response and replies have been submitted. I recently had a federal judge grant me an extension on a reply brief conditioned on it being filed by noon on a Friday because (according to her staff) she was leaving for an early weekend and wanted to take all the papers with her to read.