Dr. Arafiles Represents Himself In Court: His Client Is A Fool
A bizarre preliminary hearing was held Thursday in the criminal case against Rolando Arafiles. The doctor is charged with 2 counts of misuse of information and 2 counts of retaliation, all felonies in the 3rd degree and punishable by up to 10 years behind bars. What should have been a routine hearing in a Winkler County courtroom resulting in the setting of a trial date, turned into a surprising *event when Arafiles showed up representing himself.
Apparently the judge spent a good hour trying to convince the nervous doctor that should he represent himself his client will be a fool. Arafiles left the courtroom a number of times, asking for breaks, but in the end signed a waiver stating he understood that he was allowed to hire an attorney but declined to do so despite being advised to.*
Next came a behind closed doors meeting, which Arafiles… (Continued...)