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Old November 24, 2011, 08:28 PM   #26
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I think it's a pretty risky strategy to assert a self-defense claim and not testify. I've seen a couple of cases where charged defendants tried this and were unsuccessful. I don't think it matters how many times a judge instructs the jury not to hold the defendant's silence against him in a self-defense case. The defendant has to justify the killing and the jury wants to hear from him or her.
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Old November 24, 2011, 09:18 PM   #27
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I don't know if he's any good or not, but his lawyer was a gun-rights attorney from Georgia, not some public defender.
The docket shows Gonzalez's attorney to be Nelida Cortes, a U. of Wisconsin graduate who worked for for several years in the Public Defender's office in Milwaukee. It also looks like she is now a part of a private law firm, but I can't tell if that is in addition to her PD duties or not. According to the state bar, she has her own practice.

I don't see where she is a guns rights attorney from Georgia.
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Old November 25, 2011, 07:33 AM   #28
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I don't see where she is a guns rights attorney from Georgia.
You're right; I skimmed an article. The gun rights lawyer represented Gonzalez in his prior cases.
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