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People v. Merritt, 2017 IL App (2d) 150219

CONTINUANCE: The trial court did not abuse its discretion in denying defendant’s motion for a continuance to proceed pro se which was filed and heard on the date of trial. Even though defendant had filed a motion for new counsel about six weeks in advance of trial and the trial court had not ruled to deny it until 5 days prior to trial, that was not an excuse for waiting until the day of trial to request a continuance to prepare to proceed pro se. Defendant knew that the court might deny his motion for new counsel, so he was not diligent in requesting a continuance to proceed pro se should...[More]

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