While I certainly don't disagree with you at all, I have also served on several jury's and I appreciated it when the defendant spoke to us in his own words. Even when the prosecutor cross examined the defendant, the defendants own words still carried more weight on my decision to vote in his favor, than what the prosecutor had to say. This was only my experience and doesn't mean my friend should not take his attorney's advice. I think the problem in this case is, that my friend doesn't have any confidence in his attorney's ability to defend him in court. He has tried to replace him twice but his requests were denied... My friend is so convinced the system is corrupt, that he believes his only chance is to speak up for himself, and let the jury decide his fate. I tried to email him a copy of your advice but the system would not let him open the attachment. So there you have it... and again, I thank you so much for your professional advice concerning this situation.
I think all I can do at this point is "let go and let God"!!! Amen?? Barb
I'm a Texas district court judge, retired, still serving as a senior judge.
I've been a military judge, currently retired.
A defendant is allowed to fire a public defender a couple of times because the defendant lacks confidence in the attorney.
If the defendant can make a case for firing an attorney, he can fire the attorney for cause.
A defendant can fire several attorneys he has hired, without issue.
Again, if the defendant can make a case for firing an attorney, he'll be allowed to do so.
There are many things in criminal trials the jury never gets to see or hear.
You only hear what your friend tells you.
The vast majority of criminal defendants serve themselves poorly by testifying.
No one can prove a negative.
Our founders wisely created a justice system which forces the state to prove a defendant's guilt, not one where the defendant must prove her or his innocence.