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Charge: Criminal Impersonation BM Denied public defender. Was collecting
unemployment from Massachusetts. No longer getting that. No income.
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QUESTIONS: "why is someone that is being charged with "criminal impersonation" not being allowed a public defender by the judge?"
ANSWER: First of all, I am very sorry to hear of this person's dilemma, and I say that in all candor. This person is fortunate to have you in their corner, and I commend you for caring. Massachusetts employs a dual system of both public defenders and bar advocates (private attorneys). Given the indigence you have described, it makes absolutely zero sense for this type of felony offense. Mass. Gen. Laws. Ann. ch. 266, §37E. I am utterly baffled, but I can say this ruling should be contested. Here is an excellent free resource to contact: American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts.
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This person lives in MA but was extraditied to CT for criminal impersonation on the
internet. Since we live in MA, we are having a hard time contacting him in jail and
do not know CT laws.
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QUESTION: "This person lives in MA but was extraditied to CT for criminal impersonation on the internet."
ANSWER: Thank you for sharing that additional information. Connecticut law is indeed different as follows: Connecticut Code § 53a-130. Clicking on the link provided will take you directly to the applicable statutory text.
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Once again, I want to know why he is being disallowed an attorney in CT for this
crime. He has no income now and cannot pay for an attorney. We (his family)
are in MA and do not know how to help him. I know it is ia misdemeanor, but the
courts and jail will not give us further info and there is no communication from
him in jail. He is bipolar and we are at a loss why he is not calling us. Why can't
he have a public defender???????????? A trial date has been set by the court.
QUESTION: "Why can't he have a public defender????????????"
ANSWER: Respectfully, XXXXX XXXXX every sympathy for the situation, I have no earthly idea and share your bewilderment. In other words, I am not the Judge and I am not an attorney handling the case. I am working online to provide legal information. I do not have any means of access to the case file. As to any personal knowledge of the case, though, please realize that obviously I have none. I firmly believe that the right to counsel should be meticulously upheld.
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