Judge Keene Revokes Manson's Right To Defend Himself.
Family Reacts... Part II
“I’m satisfied, that if you went to trial before a jury on charges as complex as these… it would be a fundamental denial of due process“.
I’ve often thought to myself, that Keene was protecting himself, (and the trial) legally, with this move. I’m not a lawyer, but it seems obvious to me, that if Keene allowed Manson to represent himself throughout, it could easily, have been considered grounds for a mis-trial (after the fact). Keene’s statement strongly supports my long-standing theory. Keene states clearly... “it would be a fundamental denial of due process”. Once “due process” goes out the window like old bath water, you’ve got a re-trial situation, on your hands. I’m sure Manson had a handle on this concept, and was dealing his “self representation card”, with that re-trial concept, in the back of his mind… as a wild card. He could represent himself, and still cry foul afterwards, that he didn’t get a fair trial. Legally… Manson would probably have had a good leg to stand on. Keene was obviously well aware of walking that line… and avoiding a “due process” issue after-the-fact. Manson also tried to cause a mis-trial, with the Nixon Headline… did he not? I think Manson was “keenly” (pun intended) aware of the possibility of a second trial, if he was allowed represent himself… and that’s a second reason, he was so upset, he lost his right.
>>>>Keene appointed Charles Hollopeter of Pasadena, to defend Manson. Keene said that if Manson wanted to choose another attorney, he will be glad to substitute him for Hollopeter, a veteran criminal lawyer”.
If this Hollopeter, was a veteran criminal lawyer, Manson was likely foolish, to swap him for Kanarek. I’d like to know more about this Charles Hollopeter, and why Manson chose to swap him, just out of sheer curiosity.