Here is the situation. A young friend is accused of manslaughter in the Bronx (NY), was put at Rikers Island in Queens in September of 1998, and had a pro bono lawyer assigned to the case (who later got ill and could not continue representation). Another pro bon attorney was assigned to the 19-year-old in December of 1999 and still has not acted on the case -- due to the attorney's heavy case load. The case is due to go to trial in September 2000.
Is it customary for the process to take so long, and should the currently assigned attorney have begun gathering information by now in order be fully prepared come September?
I would appreciate any qualified insight into this matter. Thank you.