Constitutional Law

Lawyer Forced to Represent Himself at Jury Trial in Tax Evasion Case Wins a Reversal on Appeal


The Kentucky Court of Appeals reversed the conviction of a suspended Louisville attorney in a tax evasion case Friday and granted him a new trial because he had been forced to represent himself in his first trial.

William Otto Ayers had handled his own defense in the Jefferson Circuit Court case but asked for a lawyer on the eve of trial. His request was denied without a hearing, the Associated Press reports.

A jury convicted him in 2010 of failing to file state tax returns from 2002 to 2006.

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