Docket Nos. 56278, 55536, 55537, (Calendar Nos. 5, 6).

398 Mich. 361 (1976)

247 N.W.2d 857


Supreme Court of Michigan.

Decided December 21, 1976.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Frank J. Kelley, Attorney General, and Robert A. Derengoski, Solicitor General, for the people.

Harold S. Sawyer, Prosecuting Attorney, and Donald A. Johnston, III, for the people in Anderson.

William L. Cahalan, Prosecuting Attorney, Edward Reilly Wilson, Research, Training & Appeals, and Larry L. Roberts, Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, for the people in Overby.

Gillard & Gillard for defendant Anderson.

State Appellate Defender Office (by Barbara R. Levine) for defendant Overby.


These cases present the issue of when and under what circumstance a defendant may properly dismiss his attorney and assert his right to represent himself.

On November 9, 1972, defendant Anderson was charged with armed robbery. MCLA 750.529; MSA 28.797. The trial was held on January 30 and 31, 1973, following which the jury returned a verdict of guilty as charged. Defendant was sentenced to from 7 years and 6 months to 20 years in prison.


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