Tuesday, February 12, 2008
Pro Se defendants
Ken Lammers posts on dealing with the pro-se defendant as a prosecutor. We all have such stories. My best example was a guy who among the dozens of other arguments (like demanding to know whether we would be prosecuting him under "continental, maritime, ecclesiastical, or civil" law) insisted that he could not be convicted because the charging documents did not properly recite his true name of Edward., Rourke. Since the officer improperly omitted the period and the comma between his names, he argued, the Court could not convict him.