Complete Deprivation of Counsel

Attorney Regulation Seal

Complaints were filed with the Colorado Attorney Regulation Counsel against the following Public Defender and Alternative Defense Counsel for Complete Deprivation of Counsel.  No action was taken by this office:

In Violation of Substantial & Procedural Due Process & Equal Protection Claims

The “Sixth Amendment Guarantee that accused in criminal proceeding shall enjoy right to have assistance of counsel means effective assistance, as distinguished from bad faith, sham, mere pretense or want of opportunity for conference and preparation” (see United States v Davis (1971, CA10 Okla) 436 F2d 679).  When Defense counsel’s representation is so blatantly incompetent as to render entire proceedings fundamentally unfair, due process clause itself is violated.  Sixth Amendment’s provision guaranteeing accused’s right to assistance of counsel for his defense is made obligatory upon states by Fourteenth Amendment (see Gideon v Wainwright (1963) 372 US 335, 9 L Ed 2d 799, 83 S Ct 792, 23 Ohio Ops 2d 258, 93 ALR 2d 733) and “[The Assistance of Counsel] is one of the safe-guards of the Sixth Amendment deemed necessary to insure fundamental human rights of life and liberty…. The Sixth Amendment stands a constant admonition that if the constitutional safeguards it provides be lost, justice will ‘not be done’,” Id at 344. 

The United States and Colorado Constitutions extend an indigent criminal defendant the right to representation (see US Const Amend(s) VI, XIV; Colo Const Art II Clause 16).  Citing People v Bergerud, 223 P3d 686, 2010 Colo Lexis 4 Case No 08SC936, 01/11/2010, “Unlike some sixth amendment violations, the complete denial of counsel will not be examined for prejudice or harmlessness.  The Complete absence of counsel is a structural error…”

Cathlin M Matson, No 39320 – Public Defender

*On Feb. 23, 2011, [Defendant] filed Motion to Dismiss Ineffective Assistance of Counsel & Petition for Appointment of Private Counsel and this motion was IGNORED by the COURT and further sealed.  [Defendant]  also filed formal complaint with the Colorado Supreme Court Attorney Regulation Counsel.

*Motion to Withdraw Certificate of Service 06/24/11 “Court finds a complete breakdown in communication”

1)    Maliciously instituted lunacy proceedings in violation of:

  1. CRPC Rule 1.4 (2)

2)    Violations of CRPC:

  1. Rule 1.1 Competence
  2. Rule 1.3 Diligence
  3. Rule 1.4 (3), (4), and (5)(b)
  4. Rule 1.6 Confidentiality

3)   Violations of CRPC 8.3 (a) & (b):  Reporting Professional Misconduct

4)   Violations of CRPC 8.4 (a),(b),(c),(d),(e),(f),(g) & (h):  Misconduct

5)   Failure to Challenge Complaint & Information

6)   Failure to Challenge Courts Jurisdiction

7)   Failure to Request Bill of Particulars

8)   Failure to Request Change of Venue

9)   Failure to Make Motions

10) Failure to Object to Timing of Trials or Hearings

11) Failure to Research and Cite Law

12) Propriety of Asserting Particular Defense

13) Failure to Challenge Prosecution Evidence

14) Failure to Disclose Discovery

15) Failure to Inform Defendant of Nature and Cause of Accusation

16) Failure to interview & investigate witnesses for the defense

Richard A Hernandez, No 30627 – Alternative Defense Counsel

*Motion to Withdraw Certificate of Service 08/25/11 “irreconcilable conflict”

1)   Violations of CRPC:

  1. Rule 1.1 Competence
  2. Rule 1.3 Diligence
  3. Rule 1.4 (3), (4), and (5)(b)
  4. Rule 1.6 Confidentiality

2)   Violations of CRPC 8.3 (a) & (b):  Reporting Professional Misconduct

3)   Violations of CRPC 8.4 (a),(b),(c),(d),(e),(f),(g) & (h):  Misconduct

4)   Failure to Consult/Meet with Client prior to Preliminary Hearing held 07.05.11

5)   Failure to Challenge Complaint & Information

6)   Failure to Challenge Courts Jurisdiction

7)   Failure to Request Bill of Particulars

8)   Failure to Request Change of Venue

9)   Failure to Make Motions

10) Failure to Object to Timing of Trials or Hearings

11) Failure to Research and Cite Law

12) Propriety of Asserting Particular Defense

13) Failure to Challenge Prosecution Evidence

14) Failure to Disclose Discovery

15) Failure to Inform Defendant of Nature and Cause of Accusation

16) Failure to interview & investigate witnesses for the defense

Fran E Simonet, No 32649 – Alternative Defense Counsel

*Motion to Withdraw Certificate of Service 11/07/11 “complete breakdown in communication”

1)   Violations of CRPC:

  1. Rule 1.1 Competence
  2. Rule 1.3 Diligence
  3. Rule 1.4 (3), (4), and (5)(b)
  4. Rule 1.6 Confidentiality

2)   Violations of CRPC 8.3 (a) & (b):  Reporting Professional Misconduct

3)   Violations of CRPC 8.4 (a),(b),(c),(d),(e),(f),(g) & (h):  Misconduct

4)   Failure to Challenge Complaint & Information

5)   Failure to Challenge Courts Jurisdiction

6)   Failure to Request Bill of Particulars

7)   Failure to Request Change of Venue

8)   Failure to Make Motions

9)   Failure to Object to Timing of Trials or Hearings

10) Failure to Research and Cite Law

11) Propriety of Asserting Particular Defense

12) Failure to Challenge Prosecution Evidence

13) Failure to Disclose Discovery

14) Failure to Inform Defendant of Nature and Cause of Accusation

15) Failure to file Motions applicable to State and Federal Law (i.e., Veracity)

16) Failure to interview & investigate witnesses for the defense

17) Failure to request and secure a copy of Preliminary Hearing Transcript for Trial

Raymond Joachim – Advisement Counsel

*Multiple attempts to be removed denied

1)   Violations of CRPC:

  1. Rule 1.1 Competence
  2. Rule 1.3 Diligence
  3. Rule 1.4 (3), (4), and (5)(b)
  4. Rule 1.6 Confidentiality

2)   Violations of CRPC 8.3 (a) & (b):  Reporting Professional Misconduct

3)   Violations of CRPC 8.4 (a),(b),(c),(d),(e),(f),(g) & (h):  Misconduct

http://www.cobar.org/index.cfm/ID/22119/CETH/Colorado-Rules-of-Professional-Conduct/

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