Man stripped of right to attorney

Man stripped of right to attorney

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#1 May 6, 2014
Associated Press
Posted on April 28, 2014 at 7:05 PM
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) A robbery defendant is standing trial without a defense lawyer after a judge stripped him of the right to counsel...

The Portland Press Herald reported that Nisbet may be the first criminal defendant in Maine forced to represent himself after being stripped of his constitutional right to an attorney.

Joshua Nisbet, who maintains his innocence, gave a brief statement at the start of his trial Monday ...

Nisbet, 36, of Scarborough, has been in Cumberland County Jail for nearly three years since he was charged with wielding a knife during a convenience store robbery in South Portland in July 2011.

Nisbet claims he's the victim of a police conspiracy that includes forged documents.

http://article.wn.com/view/2014/04/28/Trial_b...
interested

Huntington, WV

#2 May 6, 2014
This is an out rage! Judges have way to much power! I'm sure the man refused to take a plea agreement and that's why his attorneys asked to be removed from his case. I've seen lawyers do this first hand in KY.

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#3 May 6, 2014
The statement of only a fool comes to mind...and a fool he is..

I welcome a time when we stop spending tax dollars on people that are just never going to step up..
interested

United States

#4 May 6, 2014
justaguess wrote:
The statement of only a fool comes to mind...and a fool he is..

I welcome a time when we stop spending tax dollars on people that are just never going to step up..
I do agree with the $$ aspect of it, but it is our constitutional right to be represented by council. If we stand for this... next they will be taking our right to bare fire arms.

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#5 May 6, 2014
interested wrote:
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I do agree with the $$ aspect of it, but it is our constitutional right to be represented by council. If we stand for this... next they will be taking our right to bare fire arms.
It would appear they are working on both..??..Hmmm

I agree that with the wording and procedures needed to fend for oneself in a court of law, some form of council is necessary, I also think that there should be a way to streamline. If, as in this case, the defendant believes that they are better equipped to defend themselves, then so be it..change up some of the court decorum and let them hash out their story.
The peoples court, etc.. are these types of things. It could be done on a less sensational level..

Hey, maybe even toss that camera in there to pay some of that cost....no Jerry though...!!!!
interested

Huntington, WV

#6 May 6, 2014
justaguess wrote:
<quoted text>It would appear they are working on both..??..Hmmm

I agree that with the wording and procedures needed to fend for oneself in a court of law, some form of council is necessary, I also think that there should be a way to streamline. If, as in this case, the defendant believes that they are better equipped to defend themselves, then so be it..change up some of the court decorum and let them hash out their story.
The peoples court, etc.. are these types of things. It could be done on a less sensational level..

Hey, maybe even toss that camera in there to pay some of that cost....no Jerry though...!!!!
The defendant in question wants a court appointed lawyer and has been dropped by ( i believe it said ) 5 different court appointed attorneys. The judge made a ruling that he doesn't get council. I've seen court appointed attorneys drop clients when they won't plea deal with the state.

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Formerly From Kenya

#7 May 6, 2014
interested wrote:
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The defendant in question wants a court appointed lawyer and has been dropped by ( i believe it said ) 5 different court appointed attorneys. The judge made a ruling that he doesn't get council. I've seen court appointed attorneys drop clients when they won't plea deal with the state.
This particular one seems arrogant and doesn't understand that there is a limit to how tolerant council has to be. The funds only go so far...the defendant doesn't have a license to shop. His record doesn't offer him much credibility either..
interested

Huntington, WV

#8 May 6, 2014
justaguess wrote:
<quoted text>This particular one seems arrogant and doesn't understand that there is a limit to how tolerant council has to be. The funds only go so far...the defendant doesn't have a license to shop. His record doesn't offer him much credibility either..
Don't get me wrong I totally agree with you... I'm just saying we have to take the bad with the good some times to up hold our constructional rights.
interested

Huntington, WV

#9 May 6, 2014
justaguess wrote:
<quoted text>This particular one seems arrogant and doesn't understand that there is a limit to how tolerant council has to be. The funds only go so far...the defendant doesn't have a license to shop. His record doesn't offer him much credibility either..
And what if the attorneys are in cahoots
with each other and the state? We really don't know. Some things aren't always so black or white. It is one of our constructional rights to have council and a fair trial. Sounds to me like the state has already found him guilty and didn't want the expense of a trial. Who knows I could be completely wrong. I just feel it's not fare for a judge to make that call. A judge is suppose to uphold the constitution . The client didn't drop the lawyers they dropped him... For some reason I get the feeling the lawyers continued to try and force the defendant to plea and he became irate?
Just my opinion..., and you know what they say about opinions lol. Good night and thanks for the debate!! I enjoyed our discussion anyways.

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Since: Oct 07

Formerly From Kenya

#10 May 7, 2014
interested wrote:
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And what if the attorneys are in cahoots
with each other and the state? We really don't know. Some things aren't always so black or white. It is one of our constructional rights to have council and a fair trial. Sounds to me like the state has already found him guilty and didn't want the expense of a trial. Who knows I could be completely wrong. I just feel it's not fare for a judge to make that call. A judge is suppose to uphold the constitution . The client didn't drop the lawyers they dropped him... For some reason I get the feeling the lawyers continued to try and force the defendant to plea and he became irate?
Just my opinion..., and you know what they say about opinions lol. Good night and thanks for the debate!! I enjoyed our discussion anyways.
Me too...you have a great day today..!

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