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Name: People v. Ruiz
Case #: F033955
Court: CA Court of Appeal
District 5 DCA
Opinion Date: 09/07/2001
Subsequent History: Review Denied December 12, 2001

At his trial for robbery, appellant expressed his desire to not be present for the trial. Despite the trial court's warnings that it might be a mistake, appellant affirmed his desire to give up his right to be present, and the court granted his wish. On appeal, appellant argued that the trial occurred in violation of his statutory right to be present because he had not executed a written waiver. The Court of Appeal affirmed. Penal Code section 1043 requires that the defendant in a felony case shall be present for trial, but that the voluntary…

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