Law: A Fool for a Client?

A favorite slogan of the legal profession is that anyone who attempts to defend himself in a court of law "has a fool for a client." Yet the Supreme Court recently ruled that the Sixth Amendment "grants to the accused personally the right to make his own defense." It also ruled, in the 1974 case involving the Nixon tapes, that a President "must yield to the demonstrated, specific need for evidence in a pending [federal] criminal trial." As a result of those rulings, Lynette ("Squeaky") Fromme will be acting as her own counsel when...

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