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Muhammad Trial

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Sniper suspect John Muhammad is no longer acting as his own lawyer in his Virginia murder trial.

He spent two days representing himself, but now has decided to let stand-by lawyers Jonathan Shapiro and Peter Greenspun take over
again.

The judge told the jury of Muhammad's decision this morning after a half-hour conference at the judge's bench.

During the brief time Muhammad represented himself, he cross-examined a person who had been hurt in one of the sniper attacks. Prosecutors had complained that Muhammad was getting too much help from his stand-by lawyers.

In a surprise move on Monday, Muhammad demanded the right to represent himself just as opening statements were to begin in the
death penalty trial.


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