A hearing for a man facing multiple felony charges took a turn for the bizarre when the man apparently insulted the presiding court justice, according to court sources. The Michigan man, who had been previously arrested and charged with a variety of drug crimes, chose to represent himself in court. His actions took the court by surprise, but so far the judge has not ruled on the case.
According to the unusual record, the 50-year-old Bay City man was previously arrested for selling allegedly "medical" marijuana out of his home to several undercover officers in an arranged sting operation. He faces 16 felony charges, which he has chosen to fight in court as his own representation. During the bizarre court appearance, the man reportedly called the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act "self-contradictory" and referred to the judge as a criminal for allegedly denying his right to represent himself.
The presiding judge informed the man that an attorney had filed an appearance to represent him, which apparently only served to agitate the accused man. The man reportedly refers to himself as a founding member of a "non-lawyer law firm." He has had a strained relationship with law enforcement in the past, but prior altercations cannot be used as evidence of guilt in this case.
Criminal law, particularly as it pertains to drug crimes, can be a complicated topic. Michigan residents who find themselves the target of such allegations can benefit greatly from the advice and guidance of an experienced criminal defense attorney. The wealth of knowledge an attorney brings to court proceedings, as well as an understanding of how best to represent a case to a judge, can be invaluable in seeing charges reduced or, in some cases, even dropped altogether.
Source: mlive.com, "Man charged with illegally selling pot calls judge a criminal in bizarre hearing", Cole Waterman, Oct. 27, 2017