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At least 5 Capitol riot defendants are representing themselves, including one who sent a billing schedule to the court

Added 10-18-21 08:14:01pm EST - “Eric Bochene submitted a "fee schedule," in which he attempted to collect payment from the court for working on his own case, The AP reported.” - Businessinsider.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Businessinsider.com: “At least 5 Capitol riot defendants are representing themselves, including one who sent a billing schedule to the court”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Several Capitol riot defendants are betting on themselves as they head to trial, despite a lack of legal expertise and warnings from judges, both implicit and explicit.

At least five people charged in relation to the January 6 Capitol attack have waived their right to a formally-trained attorney in favor of defending themselves, according to The Associated Press.

Just last week, US District Judge Royce Lamberth advised former California police chief Alan Hostetter that he had never before seen someone successfully represent him or herself since he was appointed to the bench in 1987.  Lamberth approved Hostetter's request to represent himself, but warned that those who do so have "a fool for a client." 

The choice to represent oneself is a Constitutional right, and the judge's warning did not stop Hostetter, or others who received similar judicial guidance, from going it alone in their legal defense. 

One Capitol riot defendant made a massive blunder while representing himself in court earlier this month. Brandon Fellows, a New York man facing a litany of charges stemming from the Capitol riot, not only failed to win his release in a recent bond hearing, but also likely admitted to two new felonies in the process of defending himself, a federal judge said last week. 

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