This is odd. I posted a reply, and got told by the it was a duplicate. But the reply isn't there. Trying again. No it's not normal. It's rare, and it wouldn't cause a mistrial - at best a delay. It also looks bad for the attorneys vis-à-vis future clients, because it looks like they are abandoning her (which they are). Would you hire an attorney with a history of abandoning clients? I wouldn't.