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United States v. Curtis

United States District Court, Seventh Circuit

January 17, 2014

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Plaintiff,
v.
WILLIAM L. CURTIS, Defendant.

MEMORANDUM AND ORDER

J. PHIL GILBERT, District Judge.

This matter comes before the Court on defendant William L. Curtis's pro se motion (Doc. 206) for the status of his motion for a reduction of sentence pursuant to 18 U.S.C. ยง 3582(c)(2) (Doc. 204).

The Court appointed counsel for Curtis on this matter on November 15, 2011, so he is now represented by the Federal Public Defender (Doc. 205). A defendant does not have a right to file his own motions when he is represented by counsel. See Hayes v. Hawes, 921 F.2d 100, 102 (7th Cir. 1990) ( per curiam ). "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). The Court may strike as improper any such pro se motions. See, e.g., United States v. Gwiazdzinski, 141 F.3d 784, 787 (7th Cir. 1998). The Court hereby ORDERS that Curtis's motion (Doc. 206) be STRICKEN. If Curtis has questions about the status of his case or wants a copy of the docket sheet, he should contact the Federal Public Defender's Office.

IT IS SO ORDERED.


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