LIMA ‚?? Just days before he is scheduled to stand trial on the charge of murder, James Ream told a judge he wanted a new attorney.
Ream told Judge Richard Warren his court-appointed attorney, Greg Donohue, was not doing a good job representing him. He asked the judge for a new attorney.
‚??I have no confidence in him,‚?Ě Ream said.
But Warren asked Ream why is he seeking a new attorney less than a week before he stands trial. Warren also asked why Ream was bringing this up after working with Donohue for eight months with no mention of a problem before now.
Ream tried to explain his reasoning, including saying he hasn‚??t seen Donohue enough, including to go over all the material in his case.
‚??When I do see him, it‚??s usually to cover things like plea bargains, which I‚??m not interested in,‚?Ě Ream said.
Ream is charged with murder with a gun in the shooting death of his brother, Ronald K. Ream, 62, in October. The shooting happened in his brother‚??s home at 1240 Fairgreen Ave.
Donohue said he has stayed in touch with Ream and has provided him copies of all motions and rulings in the case, as well as the evidence the prosecution has and printouts on the law.
‚??I did not sit there and read it to him,‚?Ě Donohue said. ‚??I feel I have represented him very well.‚?Ě
Prosecutor Juergen Waldick opposed the request for a new attorney. He said if every defendant who had a court-appointed attorney requested a new attorney on the eve of trial, there would be major problems in the court system.
‚??Losing confidence in your attorney is not grounds for getting new counsel,‚?Ě Waldick said.
Warren ruled against Ream‚??s request, saying he has the right to an attorney, not the attorney of his choice. Warren also pointed out Donohue has more than 30 years experience.
The judge also said Ream‚??s reasoning for a new attorney was vague and lacked specific examples.
After the ruling and moments after the hearing ended, Ream told Warren next week's trial was going to be dull.
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