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Self-Representation Allowed in Dylann Roof Case: Is it Advisable?

Self-representation is allowed but called “unwise” in Dylan Roof case, according to an ABC News report. [2] Dylann Roofis able to represent himself per a judge’s ruling today.

Last week Roof was ruled as competent to stand trial
. Dylan Roof is on trial in South Carolina and faces multiple counts including 9 murder charges in the Charleston church shooting. If convicted, Dylann Roof, faces the death penalty. [1] [Read more about the story here .]

U.S. District Judge Richard Gergel, according to the report, accepted the defendent’s “unwise” [2] decision. Roof’s attorney’s, according to the report, will sit side saddle and be available if Roof has a question.

Jury selection has begun in the case.

Self Representation in Court

Darren Kavinoky, founding attorney of 1.800.NoCuffs, “People ask me all the time if they can represent themselves. My standard response to them is this, ‘You CAN represent yourself. You can also remove your own appendix, but that doesn’t make it a good idea!'”

Explains criminal defense attorney Darren Kavinoky, “A good criminal defense attorney is vital in a case like this.”


SOURCES
1. Keith O’Shea and Catherine E. Shoichet. November 25, 2016. CNN. “Dylann Roof competent to stand trial, judge rules.” Retrieved via http://www.cnn.com/2016/11/25/us/dylann-roof-competent/index.html .

2. AP. ABCNews.com. “The Latest: Jurors Questioned in Charleston Church Trial.” Retrieved via http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/latest-judge-roof-act-attorney-43820922 .


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