Why Defendants Shouldn’t Be Allowed to Represent Themselves

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If I told you that a defense lawyer didn’t make any objections to witness testimony, failed to challenge the admissibility of questionably seized evidence and gave a rambling nonsensical closing argument, you’d probably assume that the defendant had viable grounds for an appeal due to ineffective assistance of counsel.

You’d probably be right—unless, of course, the lawyer in question was the defendant himself.

Defendants in criminal cases have a constitutional . . .

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