Professor Alberto Bernabe -
The John Marshall Law School
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Judge orders new trial because of ineffective assistance of counsel
Last Monday, a Florida judge took the rare step of ordering a new trial on his own, saying the defense attorney did not render effective assistance and didn't adequately prepare for trial. In his order, the judge stated that "[t]he defendant, through no fault of his own, did not receive a fair and impartial trial." The St Petersberg Times has the full story here.