Tuesday, October 21, 2008

On appeal, he can claim his lawyer was incompetent

The saying goes that a man who represents himself in court has a fool for a client. In this case, I think the saying is dead on:
[Joseph] Hallows, 70, son of a former state Supreme Court justice, is representing himself in the trial. On Monday, he testified in his own defense.

In a bizarre scene, Hallows sat in the witness box, chained to the floor, while he asked himself questions and then answered them. He told himself and the jury he is a "very sexual person" but not "obsessed with sex."
Um, Joe, I'm not a lawyer or anything, but testimony like that might not be the best way to defend yourself in a child molestation trial.

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