The Right to Represent Oneself – People v. Faretta?

If one watches enough television and movies, one may believe that representing oneself is really quite easy. No one really needs law school or the Bar Exam, right? Everyone likes to believe they are smart, so why not represent yourself? Well, one can ask a judge for that right, but how is it done? When should someone request this? What must the judge advise that person? To read all about this, please click on the following link –

What is a People v. Mayberry Consent Jury Instruction?

A People v. Mayberry defense involves a defendant’s reasonable, but wrong, good faith belief in the victim’s consent, often in the context of a sex offense. A jury instruction on this issue would allow the jury to find defendant did not engage in forcible sexual contact if he had a good faith belief in the victim’s consent to such sexual contact. If such an instruction is given, then defendant may not be found to have engaged in forcible sexual contact. The key is establishing evidence of consent, as the following case summary explains. Please click on the following link to read the case summary –