Muni-mail: “I don’t know any law – but I can represent myself” – State v. King

[04/12/12 – 7:56 pm] This morning, in a case captioned State v. King, the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled that a criminal defendant who professed in open court ZERO knowledge about any aspect of substantive or procedural law in a criminal trial had been deprived of his right to represent himself at his own criminal jury trial. The court’s decision is the latest statement of instruction to trial judges in a long line of cases respecting the constitutional right of criminal defendants to proceed on a pro se basis during a criminal trial.

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