NY beheading suspect seeks to represent himself

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  1. Note portion I've highlighted in blue.

    NY beheading suspect seeks to represent himself
    JANUARY 20, 2011, 6:24 P.M. ET

    Associated Press

    BUFFALO, N.Y. — A former New York television executive on trial for the beheading of his estranged wife defiantly left the courtroom Thursday after a judge refused to let him act as his own attorney for the remainder of the case.

    A handcuffed Muzzammil Hassan, 46, gathered up his papers and was escorted out by a half dozen court officers after a strident appeal to Erie County Judge Thomas Franczyk failed to change the judge's mind.

    "I am taking a risk ... I'm the only one who faces the consequences of this decision, you don't," Hassan told the judge. The jury was not present.

    Hassan, the founder and former chief executive of the cable Bridges TV network, called defense attorney Jeremy Schwartz ineffective and complained the lawyer had neither strategized with him enough nor read the 6,000 pages of e-mails and other information he'd given him for his defense.

    "We're at a crossroads where the strategy has diverged," Schwartz acknowledged and asked the judge to allow Hassan to take over. Hassan, 46, fired three previous attorneys before settling on Schwartz several months ago.

    In refusing the request, the judge said it came too late and would disrupt the trial that got under way Tuesday.

    "You want to change horses in the middle of the stream," Franczyk said.

    Hassan then asked to be returned to jail, rather than sit through the day's testimony. The judge instead directed he be taken to a room with an audio and video feed to watch the proceedings.

    Hassan has acknowledged killing Aasiya Hassan in February 2009 but has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder. He claims he was a battered spouse.

    The 37-year-old woman's stabbed and decapitated body was found inside Bridges TV, the Muslim lifestyles station the couple founded to counter negative images of Muslims after 9/11.

    Aasiya Hassan had two young children with Hassan and was helping raise two teenagers from one of his two previous marriages. She was Bridges TV's general manager.

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    I don't understand why all women in Europe and the U.S. don't express distain for Islam. Afterall, it would have every one of them be the property of a man and his slave to do with (or to) as he pleases.
  4. A Muslim couple started a Muslim TV station in NY to counter negative images of Muslims and the husband decapitated the wife.

    You don't see the irony?
  5. Hassan has a fool for a client.