The Chronicle has covered this story better than any media outlet in the country.

That trend continues today.

“You have an impression that it is taking a long time, and it is,” said Robert Ekstrand, a lawyer who represented 35 lacrosse players this past spring, none of whom were indicted.

Some other people have questioned whether the defendants in the lacrosse case are receiving the speedy trial they deserve. They have also noted that the right to a speedy trial protects a defendant from unnecessary personal damages before a case is tried.

Although the alleged crime occurred on the night of March 13, the case will likely not go to trial until Spring 2007-nearly a year after the investigation and accompanying media coverage began.

“The discovery phase is taking an inordinate amount of time,” Ekstrand said.