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PROCEDURE - Trial judge’s duties

Monday, February 05, 2018 @ 11:27 AM  

Appeal by the accused from his conviction for first degree murder. This was his second trial. The victim was the appellant’s wife. The case against the appellant was entirely circumstantial: no forensic evidence connected the accused to the murder. About six weeks before the trial, defence counsel brought an application to be removed from the record. According to trial counsel, despite assurances from the appellant, he was not paid for the first trial or for the proceedings leading up to the second trial. Counsel also advised...