State v. Peeler

In State v. Peeler, 265 Conn. 460, 467, 828 A.2d 1216 (2003), the Court stated: "When a defendant's selection of counsel seriously endangers the prospect of a fair trial, a trial court justifiably may refuse to agree to the choice. Thus, a trial court may, in certain situations, reject a defendant's choice of counsel on the ground of a potential conflict of interest, because a serious conflict may indeed destroy the integrity of the trial process." Id. The Peeler court observed that a trial court's decision to disqualify a defendant's counsel of choice is entitled to deference on appeal. Id., 474.