"The real reason why nothing is happening in these cases is because the court is bent over backward to make sure that no one can complain the trial is unfair," Vladeck says. "Put another way, the quest for the perception of fairness is increasingly undermining the ability of the commission to actually satisfy anyone."
The question facing court watchers remains: Will it ever end?
"I imagine so, yes. But I also imagine it will be years yet," says Deborah Pearlstein professor at Yeshiva University's Benjamin School of Law. "Even once the trial is over, there will be appeals through the commission appeals process and appeals to the federal courts here in the United States, up to and potentially including appeals to the U.S. Supreme Court."
"Because the novelty of the system they're in, these cases will linger. And [Mohammed] will remain a newsmaker on the front pages of the papers long after he should have been just sitting, for the rest of his life, in jail."
As for the actual trial, U.S. News asked these experts to give their best prediction on when it would start.
Eviatar: "Within two years, maybe. Maybe 2015. It's really hard to know because the amount of evidence is going to be massive, it hasn't yet been produced, and you can see how slowly these pretrial hearings proceed."
Vladeck: "Not before the end of next summer at the absolute earliest—and that's assuming no unforeseen complications between now and then, hardly a safe bet given what's transpired thus far."
Pearlstein: "I'm not sure I'd want to hazard a guess. I would hope certainly within the year."
The next pre-trial hearings are scheduled to begin April 22.