Look in the Mirror

If “a person who represents himself has a fool for a client” can he claim ineffective assistance of counsel on appeal? According to this report that is the question Thomas Budnick raised before the Massachusetts Appeals Court on appeal of his conviction for assault with a dangerous weapon. His court-appointed lawyer argued that the trial judge should not have allowed Budnick to represent himself on charges of trying to poison his friend with nitric acid because of his demonstrated mental health problems. Among other things Budnick has asserted mining claims on Mars and Jupiter. (Thanks Jesse)