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PEOPLE v. WILLIAMS, D039730

A petition under Penal Code sections 2970 and 29721, to extend defendant's commitment as a mentally disordered offender, is a civil commitment proceeding that provides for commitment to provide treatment, not punishment; thus, the federal constitutional right to self-representation is not implicated. Trial court did not err in denying defendant's request to represent himself.

Appellate Information

  • Decided 08/01/2003
  • Published 08/01/2003

Judges

  •  NARES, J.

Court

  • California Court of Appeal

Counsel

  • For Appellees:
  •  Lewis A. Wenzell, San Diego, under appointment by the Court of Appeal, for Defendant and Appellant., Bill Lockyer, Attorney General, Gary W. Schons, Assistant Attorney General, Robert M. Foster and Peter Quon, Jr., Deputy Attorneys General, for Plaintiff and Respondent.
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