Self-representation and ineffective counsel

While this doesn’t really fall within my usual education or employment law posting, I was reading through some recent Missouri case law and couldn’t help commenting on one case in particular.  The Missouri Court of Appeals for the Southern District reviewed a case of a man who had represented himself at trial and then, after he was convicted, filed a challenge to the conviction claiming that he had received ineffective representation by counsel.  Now it takes a bold man to admit when he made a mistake but it takes an even bolder man to attempt to escape conviction by claiming he did such a bad job representing himself that he should be released.  I’m sure no one will be surprised that the court denied the motion, proving once and for all that even though everyone knows the saying “an attorney who represents himself has a fool for a client,” it is not actually binding precedent.

Read the whole decision of Harper v. Missouri here – http://www.courts.mo.gov/file.jsp?id=59865

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February 19, 2013 · 3:43 pm

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