Man who represented self says counsel ineffective

Man who represented self says counsel ineffective


MEMPHIS (AP) - A man convicted in U.S. District Court in Memphis while acting as his own attorney claims his counsel was ineffective.

According to The Commercial Appeal, federal prosecutors say Christopher John Clark is not entitled to a new trial.

In court documents filed this week, federal prosecutor Jennifer Webber noted two mental evaluations determined Clark understood the charges and was capable of assisting in his defense.

Clark was convicted in November of 3 carjackings and nine other felonies. He represented himself on the first day of trial before asking that his court-appointed attorney continue.

He faces more than 50 years in prison when he is sentenced next month.

Clark also faces charges in the death of a fellow inmate with whom he escaped from Russellville, Ala., in 2006.

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