- Associated Press - Friday, June 10, 2016

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - A man convicted of an armed robbery is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to decide whether Maine’s courts overstepped their bounds by stripping him of his right to a court-appointed attorney because he couldn’t get along with five previous lawyers.

The Portland Press Herald reports (https://bit.ly/22Y4Ay0 ) Jamesa Drake, an adjunct professor at University of Maine School of Law, filed a petition on 39-year-old Joshua Nisbet’s behalf to the Supreme Court.

The Maine Supreme Judicial Court ruled earlier this year that Nisbet willfully waived his right to counsel through his behavior, which included threats. The court ruled the judge was left with no lesser alternative.

Nisbet handled his own defense in 2014 with two standby attorneys who also represented him at his sentencing. He was convicted and sentenced to seven years.


Information from: Portland Press Herald, https://www.pressherald.com

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