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the precedent is not promising

CNN is reporting that sniper suspect John Allen Muhammad had his motion to defend himself granted.

Someone should tell Muhammad that these things never turn out good. Just ask Colin Ferguson.

Give them enough rope....

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As long as they are never, ever allowed to use "inadequate defense" for an appeal.

Well, what was defense counsel gonna do? Get him off on a technicality. This guy can be tried in five jurisdictions I believe (federal, alabama, virginia, dc and maryland) and multiple murders.

I wonder what his decision does for appeals. Mumia Abu-Jamal acted as lead counsel and was able to create a lot of material for appeals.

... fool for a client.

When they transport him between the courthouse and the jail, do they stick him in the trunk?

The problem with Colin Ferguson was that he was insane. I wouldn't say the same for Muhammed.

As long as they are never, ever allowed to use "inadequate defense" for an appeal.

My thoughts as well. I hate to think a guy like this could ever get off on that kind of technicality.

"Your Honor, permission to approach the bench with Exhibit A, and load it wit' some of these exhibits here I'm gonna introduce..."

Hey, worked for Ferguson and for Bundy...I say go for it, big guy!

The parallels with Mumia Abu-Jamal are probably the ones that I would find most troubling. But then, one of his excuses for appeal has been that he was denied his preferred "co-counsel" who was one of his fellow activists, and not a lawyer. The Justice for Daniel Faulkner site (Faulkner was Mumia's victim) has some useful discussions of the facts. http://www.danielfaulkner.com/.

It's working for Moussaoui.

But I like the idea of giving him enough rope!

His cross-examination of one witness managed to cast doubt on the witness's testimony, but the questions he asked suggest to me that he was there at the time. Tactical victory; strategic defeat.