No. 08SA170.

199 P.3d 713 (2009)

PEOPLE of the State of Colorado, Plaintiff. v. Matthew Gene MAESTAS, Defendant.

Supreme Court of Colorado, En Banc.

January 12, 2009.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Don Quick, District Attorney, 17th Judicial District, Michael J. Milne, Sr., Deputy District Attorney, Brighton, Colorado, Attorneys for Plaintiff.

Springer and Steinberg, P.C., Harvey A. Steinberg, Michael P. Zwiebel, Denver, Colorado, Attorneys for Defendant.

Chief Justice MULLARKEY delivered the Opinion of the Court.


We issued this rule to show cause to consider whether the trial court improperly refused to accept defendant Matthew G. Maestas's knowing, intelligent, and voluntary waiver of conflict-free counsel.1 Colorado caselaw establishes that the court must give substantial deference to a defendant's Sixth Amendment right to his choice of counsel. In this case...

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