Georgia Stalker Murder Trial: Defendant Represents Himself

Dan Abrams discusses the trial of a man accused of killing a woman in 1995.
3:00 | 09/25/12

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acting as his own lawyer. Let's get more of this from dan abrams. You see it rarely. And it creates a strange dynamic in the courtroom. It's always a bad move for someone to represent themselves. There's a famous line that says, anyone who represents themselves has a fool for a client. There's reason for that. Part of it is what you saw there in the piece. Some of the witnesses can attack the lawyer and say things like, well, when you were stalking me. There was another case, collin ferguson, a long island railroad shooter. He represented himself. And the witnesses called to the stand were shooting victims who would look at him and say, well, when you shot me. No, when the shooter -- no, when you shot me. And that's admissible. Of course. It's admissible because he's the lawyer and he's the defendant. And it's a similar dynamic here because you have a stalking victim who's on the witness stand. He was convicted for stalking her. And she's now talking at him, not like a lawyer, but like the guy who did something terrible to her. The judge also seems to be getting pretty fed up with this guy. And they tend to do this. This is the problem when defendants in big cases. Not like a misdemeanor, but a murder case, represents themselves. They end up causing a mess. And you have frustrated judges, which doesn't help the defendant. You have problem after problem for this guy, in connection with this case. Now, is it possible he's trying to set himself up for an appeal and uses the fact he was his own lawyer as a reason to do it? People try to say that. But this judge was real careful. They ask a lot of questions. They discourage him from doing this. But it is his right. It is his right to completely mess up his defense. And that doesn't mean that he can then use it on appeal, the fact he messed up his defense. The judge has t make sure that the person is psychologically

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