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Cole v. Fahim

United States District Court, S.D. Illinois

March 17, 2014

RICKY COLE, Plaintiff,
v.
DR. MAGID FAHIM, Defendant.

MEMORANDUM AND ORDER

J. PHIL GILBERT, District Judge.

Plaintiff Ricky Cole filed motions for status (Docs. 73 & 74) while he is represented by counsel. 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 ). "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 Cole's pro se motions (Docs. 73 & 74) be STRICKEN.

IT IS SO ORDERED.


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