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    Waseem Daker was sentenced Oct. 1, 2012 to life in prison for the 1995 murder of flight attendant Karmen Smith and the repeated stabbing of her 5-year-old son, Nick. During the trial, Daker grilled Nick Smith -- now a young man -- and Karmen Smith's good friend Lottie Spencer, whom Daker had previously stalked. WATCH THE FULL STORY ON "20/20" FRIDAY AT 10 P.M. ET.
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    Colin Ferguson went on trial in 1996 for shooting six people to death on a Long Island, N.Y., commuter train. Ferguson insisted on representing himself. He claimed that a white gunman took his gun and started shooting. He questioned his own victims, some of whom identified him as the shooter. He was found guilty and sentenced to six consecutive life terms.
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    Charles Manson was convicted of first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder in the 1969 deaths of actress Sharon Tate, her unborn baby and six others. The judge reluctantly granted Manson's wish to represent himself. Manson made a mockery of the trial, reportedly arriving in court with an "X" cut into his forehead that he said removed him from the world where the court had jurisdiction.
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    French citizen Zacarias Moussaoui, accused of being a co-conspirator in the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks, represented himself in court before later pleading guilty to six felony charges related to the attacks. Moussaoui later appealed his case, arguing that he had been deprived access to evidence and also was restricted in his choice of attorneys. The appeal was rejected in 2010.
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    Bundy confessed to 30 killings in the 1970s and was later executed, but only after years of maintaining his innocence. Bundy, a former law student, represented himself while on trial for the murder of two college students and assaulting others in 1979. He grilled some of his surviving victims – sorority sisters of the two women murdered -- in the courtroom, but was ultimately convicted.
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    Foul-mouthed comedian Lenny Bruce was charged with obscenity several times during the 1960s, and represented himself in cases that went to trial. One such case was in 1964 in New York. Bruce was convicted. He died in 1966 of a morphine overdose. The state pardoned Bruce in 2003 as a gesture reaffirming the First Amendment.
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    John Allen Muhammad was convicted of being the "Beltway sniper," orchestrating a cold-blooded shooting spree that killed 10 people in the Washington, D.C. area in 2002. He was executed in 2009 by the state of Virginia. Muhammad briefly acted as his own lawyer before changing his mind and requesting the help of experienced defense attorneys.
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    James Traficant, then a Democratic congressman from Ohio, represented himself in a 2002 trial for crimes including bribery and racketeering. He was convicted and later expelled from the House of Representatives. He represented himself in a similar case in 1983. He was accused of racketeering while mayor of Youngstown, Ohio, and was acquitted.
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