Constitutional Law

Murder defendant's claimed threats against his attorneys have left him lawyerless


Saying that he found himself in an “interesting and unique” situation, a Kentucky judge told a murder defendant on Monday that local attorneys aren’t willing to represent him because of his past threats to kill two defense lawyers.

“I honestly don’t know where we are going to go from here,” Jefferson Circuit Judge McKay Chauvin told defendant Percy Brown. A prosecutor contended that Brown, at some point, is waiving his right to counsel due to his conduct, but Chauvin said he wanted to research the issue before ruling, the Courier-Journal reports.

Brown denied threatening his lawyers and argued with the judge, telling Chauvin that he was going to seek his removal from the case.

“You may run your lawyers off but you are not going to run the judge off, I’m here to stay,” the judge responded.

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