Commonwealth of Pennsylvania v. Tighe

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  • Fairness in the Courts
  • Violence Against Women and Girls
  • Child Abuse
  • Joined Amicus Brief
2019

A pro se defendant’s right to self-representation in personally cross-examining a child victim who accused him of sexual violence.

This Amicus Brief argued that the Trial Court correctly prohibited a pro se defendant from personally cross-examining a child victim who accused him of sexual violence. The Trial Court correctly reasoned that in situations like this, it is appropriate for courts to place reasonable limitations on a defendant's right to self-representation, and in the instant case, by requiring standby counsel to conduct the cross examination.