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Monday, August 12, 2013

State v. Tedesco (A-50-12; 072323)

A criminal defendant does not have an absolute right to be absent from his sentencing hearing. Trial judges have discretion to decide whether to accept a defendant’s waiver of the right to be present. In an attempt to justify a waiver, a defendant must advance specific reasons that demonstrate special circumstances. Judges must consider various concerns including the interests of the public, the defendant, the victims, and the State. 6-24-13