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Martinez v. Court of Appeal of California
United States Supreme Court
528 U.S. 152 (2000)
Martinez (defendant) was charged with embezzlement and chose to represent himself at trial. He was convicted. He appealed and attempted to represent himself again on appeal. The court of appeals denied this attempt and determined that he must be represented by counsel on appeal. He appealed this decision of the court of appeals. The United States Supreme Court granted certiorari.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Stevens, J.)
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