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Criminal Procedure Keyed to Dressler
Faretta v. California
Citation:422 U.S. 806, 95 S.Ct. 2525, 45 L.Ed.2d 526.
The defendant was charged with grand theft. He was appointed a public defender. He requested that he be permitted to represent himself. The defendant had a high school education and represented himself in a criminal prosecution before. He stated that he did not want to be represented by the public defender because he believed that that office was loaded down with a heavy case load. Initially, the trial judge accepted the defendant’s waiver of the right to counsel.
Several weeks later, but still prior to trial, the judge questioned the defendant about various legal rules. After consideration of his answers, the judge ruled that the defendant had no constitutional right to self-representation and that his waiver was not valid. The defendant was again appointed a public defender and he was convicted after a trial.
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