Muzzammil S. "Mo" Hassan will be allowed to act as his own lawyer in the jury trial over the beheading of his estranged wife two years ago, Erie County Judge Thomas P. Franczyk ruled this morning.Schwartz is actually the fourth lawyer representing Mo, so I guess Mo makes it five. Good luck explaining the head-chopping, Mo.
Jeremy D. Schwartz, Hassan's latest lawyer, told the judge that weekend talks with the jailed cable television entrepreneur failed to resolve what he called the "irreconcilable differences" they have on their approach to the case.
Hassan, 46, jailed since he turned himself in at Orchard Park police headquarters about an hour after the Feb. 12, 2009 killing of Aasiya Z. Hassan, 37, told the judge Schwartz will remain his legal adviser and "will help me with legal procedure" that must be followed.
Franczyk noted that the defendant must have an idea in his head of how a lawyer should represent him. "This is not Burger King where you get to have it your way every time."
The judge also said: "Bottom line is [Hassan] does have the right to steer his own ship even if unwittingly he steers it into an iceberg."
You can already see he's struggling. Hope he doesn't lose his head or anything.