I would have loved to have been a fly on the wall when Robert Ponce, the attorney representing Chase Merritt, who has been charged with the murder of the McStay family found out that Chase had kicked him to the curb on Friday.
In another surprising turn of events, Judge Michael Smith of the San Bernardino Court, gave Chase permission to represent himself.
Ponce spoke to the Judge as one of his last actions representing Chase and told him about Chases’ desire to get the case moving faster, and felt that if he represented himself it would.
“He (Chase) says he has six to eight months to live,” Ponce told the Judge, reports the Union Tribune,
The media was hoping that the Judge would also unseal some more search warrants pertaining to the case, but the requests were denied. Which probably means that there is information there that if let out to the public would tarnish the trial.
Although the saying goes, if you are representing yourself, you are representing a fool, Ponce must not feel this is the case here as he said he felt that Chase has the intellectual ability to do it. I guess Ponce doesn’t realize that in other words, he is saying that a guy like Chase could pass the bar with a little studying, which is not saying much for his profession.
The Judge did do his due diligence and told Ponce that “self-representation is generally considered an unwise move.” Chase replied with a simple, “Yes.”
How does Chase think that he can do what an attorney and his staff would spend hours upon hours working on? I don’t know, but according to Patrick McStay, he thinks the real reason Chase is asking to represent himself is so he will get more freedom, and be allowed to go to the law library and get out of his cell more often.
I am wondering if this trial will be televised like some other high profile cases have been in the past.
The next court date is Feb. 20, and the prelim will be April 7.
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