Only Counsel Can Call Witnesses, Fla. High Court Says

Law360, Miami (April 12, 2013, 9:54 PM EDT) -- The Florida Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that the authority to decide who to call as a witness in a criminal trial rests with a defendant's attorney, not the defendant himself.

The state high court affirmed the Fourth District Court of Appeals' ruling that whether to call a witness at trial is a strategic and tactical move that should be made by an attorney, not a fundamental decision — like whether to plead guilty or waive a jury trial — that ultimately rests with a defendant....
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