The Michigan Constitution Podcast

Tony Snyder is a licensed attorney in the State of Michigan who offers a bi-monthly podcast on the Michigan Constitution. Here you will learn about each Article and its respective Sections, what they mean, and case law that has addressed how those provision are implemented in the day-to-day lives of citizens of Michigan.


episode 35: E-35: Right to Self-Representation (part 2)

Now that we’ve established there are three pillars by which a judge must use to determine that an individual wishes to represent himself, the Courts go on to adopt an additional requirement, a Michigan Court Rule, to provide additional protection for BOTH the Defendant and the Judge. After all, what we can’t have is a Defendant represent himself at his trial, lose the court case, and their appeal making the allegation he had “ineffectiveness of counsel”. That would make a mockery of the entire judicial system. So, here we will conclude our conversation about when/why/how a Judge can determine that the Defendant legitimately wishes to act as his own attorney during his criminal trial.


 2021-05-15  35m