The Indiana truck driver charged with trying to sell secrets to Iraq in late 2002 is finding out that serving as his own lawyer isn't easy.
Federal prosecutors on Wednesday repeatedly objected to the way Shaaban Hafiz Ahmad Ali Shaaban questioned a key Iraqi witness against him. Nearly every time, U.S. District Judge John D. Tinder sided with the government, shutting down Shaaban's lines of questioning.
"I would be stronger in Arabic," Shaaban said, shuffling papers on the defense table before him.
Things aren't going well for this guy, are they? For the government, it's almost like shooting fish in a barrel. That's what he gets for not getting a lawyer, since there are many that would love to get exposure defending a guy like this.
I don't think this guy is quite right, unless it's part of some grander plan to get it thrown out on appeal. In which case, he would be a genius for using our own system against us. With groups like the ACLU around, it isn't hard to do.
Who knows? Maybe there is a home ACLU defense kit available and he sent away for it. And, it tells how to get off on an insanity defense by ACTING crazy. Just act nuts, then hire a hotshot lawyer to appeal for not getting proper psychiatric care, while incarcerated.