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Name: U.S. v. Foreman
Case #: 02-10049
Court: US Court of Appeals
District 9 Cir
Opinion Date: 05/21/2003

Shortly before trial, appellant submitted a letter to the trial court requesting a substitution of counsel. After a hearing, the request was denied. Appellant subsequently pleaded guilty, and indicated during the plea colloquy that he had been satisfied with his legal representation. On appeal, appellant argued that the trial court abused its discretion by denying his motion to substitute counsel. The appellate court here found that the issue was waived by the guilty plea. The plea was not rendered involuntary by the failure to substitute counsel.