Byline: Derek Hawkins
7th Circuit Court of Appeals
Case Name: Andrew L. Jackson v. Byran Bartow
Case No.: 19-1168
Officials: KANNE, HAMILTON, and SCUDDER, Circuit Judges.
Focus: 6th Amendment Violation
A Wisconsin trial court denied Andrew L. Jackson's request to represent himself at trial, and Jackson later pleaded guilty. He seeks a writ of habeas corpus under 28 U.S.C. 2554, arguing that Wisconsin unreasonably applied Supreme Court precedent involving the Sixth Amendment right for competent defendants to represent themselves at trial. The district court agreed with Jackson that the Wisconsin trial court erred in ruling that he could not represent himself at trial, but it nonetheless denied his petition. It correctly concluded that under Gomez v. Berge, 434 F.3d 940 (7th Cir. 2006), Jackson waived his right to challenge that...