What Is a Gray-Area Faretta Request to Represent Oneself?

When someone wishes to represent oneself in place of a public defender or a private attorney (a Faretta request), judges must be sensitive to many issues, especially when one is facing multiple years or even decades in prison.  It is a complicated ruling that often involves analysis of not only if one can represent oneself, but also whether the defendant is competent to stand trial.  When one is granted the right to represent oneself, but there are doubts to whether the person is competent to stand trial (especially if insanity is a defense), the defendant enters a purgatory-like gray area.  To read about this situation in the context of a read case, click on the following link.


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