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United States v. Curtis

IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS


April 13, 2009

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, PLAINTIFF,
v.
WILLIAM L. CURTIS, DEFENDANT.

The opinion of the court was delivered by: J. Phil Gilbert U.S. District Judge

MEMORANDUM AND ORDER

This matter comes before the Court on defendant William L. Curtis's pro se motion for dismissal of counsel and to reinstate his prior pro se motion for a reduction of sentence pursuant to 18 U.S.C. § 3582(c)(2) (Doc. 162).

The Court granted Curtis's Motion to Appoint Counsel on January 29, 2008, so he is now represented by the Federal Public Defender. "The right to representation by counsel and self-representation are mutually exclusive." Cain v. Peters, 972 F.2d 748, 750 (7th Cir.1992). So-called "hybrid representation" confuses and extends matters at trial and in other proceedings and, therefore, it is forbidden. See United States v. Oreye, 263 F.3d 669, 672-73 (7th Cir.2001).

In this case, the defendant has requested and been granted representation by the Federal Public Defender. The defendant is free to consult with his attorney in order to ensure that the Court is fully informed as to the specifics of his case and in order to ensure that the appropriate motions are filed. However, the Court will strike pro se motions by the defendant so long as he is represented by counsel. Therefore, the Court ORDERS the defendant's pro se motion (Doc. 162) be STRICKEN from the record.

IT IS SO ORDERED.

20090413

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