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Attorney Tyler Bliss served Thursday as standby counsel for Washington, who represented himself at trial and sentencing. Washington had said he did not want to be represented by the public defender’s office because he wouldn’t be able to choose his attorney, and didn’t want a female attorney.
Bliss told the court that Washington refused to meet with him or discuss the presentence investigation.
Nathanson based her sentences on a presentence investigation conducted for Washington in 2002, and what she had from the current case. Court records show that Washington was 10 when he first entered the criminal justice system.
“It makes dramatic to this court that in a lot of ways, we have failed you,” she said.
Still she didn’t let Washington off the hook. She rebuked him for failing to complete sex offender treatment.
After he was sentenced, Washington was given some legal forms. He dropped them on the floor.
When the judge ordered Washington to pick up the papers, he didn’t budge.
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