Colorado Court of Appeals Opinions for July 12

People v. Liggett
This case was a direct appeal on two cases regarding Ari Misha Liggett. The cases regarded Liggett committing first-degree murder and the revocation of Liggett’s probation resulting from that crime.

Liggett’s counsel requested a stay on two things based on the defendant’s incompetence. First, a stay for appellate proceedings. Second, a stay on Liggett’s request to fire his counsel and dismiss the appeal. The defendant’s counsel asked the division to remand the cases to district court for competency restoration.

The court, Liggett’s counsel and the prosecutors all agreed that an incompetent defendant is unable to waive their right to counsel or to a direct appeal. The court stated they couldn’t rule on those requests until competency is restored

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