Robert Dunn, 11/20: News-press story on competency motion

crimcourts : A Criminal Law Blog

Thanks to the News-press.com and Mary Wozniak (@wozisme) for the shout out for Crimcourts in their Robert Dunn article today.  Yesterday, after Dunn’s attorney’s rested their case, they got in a dispute with him as he decided that he wanted to enter a guilty plea prior to closing arguments.  His attorney’s adamantly disagreed with this strategy, as he would have nothing to gain: he would still be facing a death penalty phase of the trial, whereas there is always the possibility of the jury finding him guilty of a lesser charge, or even not guilty.  He had nothing to lose at this point by letting the jury render a verdict as to the guilt phase of the trial.

After some deliberation with his client, Dunn’s attorney David Brener determined that he had sufficient doubt about whether or not his client remained competent to stand trial.  It is the duty of an…

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