State v. Fernandez

In State v. Fernandez, 254 Conn. 637, 758 A.2d 842 (2000), cert. denied, U.S. , 121 S. Ct. 1247, 149 L. Ed. 2d 153 (2001), the court held that neither the sixth nor the fourteenth amendments to the United States constitution, nor article first, 8, of the constitution of Connecticut mandate that an incarcerated pro se defendant have access to a law library where state financed legal assistance is available instead. Id., 653-57. Specifically, the court held that the provision of standby counsel afforded the defendant an adequate link to the legal information necessary for self-representation. Id., 657.