Court Says Judge Correct in Macon Bomb-Threat Case

ATLANTA (AP) - The federal appeals court in Atlanta has upheld the conviction of a man who was sentenced to 30 years in prison after telephoning a series of bomb threats in Macon five years ago.

Eddie Milton Garey Jr. claimed his right to effective defense counsel was violated when he was forced to represent himself during his 2004 trial, after he rejected the appointed attorney who handled his case for 15 months.

A divided three-judge panel of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in April 2007 that U.S. District Judge Clay D. Land erred by allowing Garey to act as his own lawyer.

The full 11th Circuit court reversed that decision in an opinion filed Wednesday.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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