State v. PittsAnnotate this Case
Defendant was tried for attempted murder in the second degree. During the proceedings, Defendant expressed his desire to proceed pro se. The circuit court determined that Defendant waived his right to counsel, and Defendant was pro se for the rest of the trial. After the jury returned a guilty verdict, Defendant’s standby counsel filed a motion to withdraw as standby counsel and that substitute counsel be appointed to assist Defendant post-trial and on appeal. The circuit court allowed standby counsel to withdraw but did not appoint substitute counsel for Defendant’s post-verdict motions or for sentencing. The Supreme Court remanded the case, holding that the circuit court erred (1) by not appointing substitute counsel for Defendant’s post-verdict motions because post-verdict proceedings are critical stages in the prosecution; and (2) by not appointing Defendant substitute counsel for sentencing.