Pro Per - A term derived from the Latin in propria, meaning "for one's self," used in some states to describe a person who handles her own case without a lawyer. In other states, the term pro se is used. When a nonlawyer files his own legal papers, he is
expected to write "in pro per" at the bottom of the heading on the first page.
The man in the witness box had not seen Dean Schwartzmiller in 36 years -- since he was 16 and was allegedly molested by Schwartzmiller in a car.
The witness spoke in low, measured tones in a dead quiet courtroom as he recounted the humiliating experience for the prosecution.Then Schwartzmiller, serving as his attorney, began his cross examination.``Did you ever kiss me on the lips?'' Schwartzmiller, 64, asked.A female juror cringed.To legal experts, Schwartzmiller's line of questioning was a mistake. If Schwartzmiller continues in that hostile fashion with witnesses who testify they were abused by him years ago, he risks alienating the jury, experts said.``A lawyer would be very concerned about revictimizing the victims,'' said Laurie Levenson, who questioned Schwartzmiller's decision to reject a public defender.