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Defendant representing self at McLean Co drug trafficking trial

Tue, 19 Mar 2013 12:01:09 CDT
By: AP

A Florida pickup truck driver accused of trafficking 60 pounds of marijuana to Chicago is acting as his own attorney at his central Illinois trial. 58-year-old Charles Hamilton is accused of stashing the drugs in a spare fuel tank. State police stopped and arrested him in November 2011 north of Bloomington. His trial on felony drug charges has begun. On the first day, Hamilton wore the same jeans and T-shirt that he was wearing during the stop. He helped select the jury and during his opening statement Hamilton told jurors that he would show them ``sufficient evidence to throw this case out.'' He plans to testify as the case continues. The judge told jurors that Hamilton was using his constitutional right to represent himself.

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