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Criminal Procedure Keyed to Miller
State v. Joseph Spencer
Citation:519 N.W.2d 357 (Iowa 1994)
Spencer (defendant) was charged with possession of marijuana, cocaine, and firearms. He retained private counsel. A few days before trial, his attorney moved to withdraw from his representation of Spencer. During a hearing on that motion, Spencer told the court that he wishes to represent himself. However, the court found that he was not competent or qualified to represent himself because he did not know legal procedures or how to object to improper evidence. The court then appointed another attorney to represent Spencer. Spencer was found guilty. On appeal, Spencer argued that the court denied his right to self-representation.
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