Friday, May 21, 2010

Bungling Self-Representation

The New York Times reports on Robert Camarano, a criminal defendant who ill-advisedly chosen to self-represent.  As I have said repeatedly at Bad Lawyer, this is a bad strategy, but check out what the Justice Carol Berkman had to say:
“You don’t know how to ask a question,” Justice Berkman told him in State Supreme Court. “You don’t know how to offer things into evidence. You keep making stupid speeches. You keep saying you are good at this. You are not. I do not say this to insult you.”
John Eligon's article at the link is not to be missed.  

One more time, do not represent yourself in court when you are in legal peril, even if you are an attorney.  Get a helping hand or have a fool for a client and a fool for a lawyer--your choice.

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