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Criminal Practice – Constitutional – Right to Counsel – Forfeiture – ‘Gray Area’ Defendant – Confession – Miranda Rights (access required)

State v. Cureton Even if defendant’s IQ (82) and his past mental problems placed him in the “gray area” of defendants under Dusky v. United States, 362 U.S. 402 (1960) -- those who are competent to stand trial but may not be competent to represent themselves – neither U.S. Supreme Court precedent nor N.C. law prohibits a trial court from finding that a gray-area defendant has forfeited his right to counsel through his abusive actions toward his appointed attorneys.

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