A 61-year-old Broward County man convicted of the brutal 2006 slaying of Curious George collaborator Alan Shalleck won’t get a new trial despite his contention that his attorneys didn’t follow his wishes in how to conduct the one that ended with him getting a life sentence.
In an unanimous ruling, the Florida Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that defense attorneys, not their clients, have the ultimate decision on trial strategy. People charged with crimes have the sole ability to determine whether they want to plead guilty, testify in their own defense or appeal their convictions. But, when it comes to determining what witnesses to call or what evidence to present, those decisions are best left to the professionals, the high court ruled.
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