Isaak says he will consider representing himself in capital murder case
MANDAN, N.D. (KFYR) - During a status conference hearing this afternoon, accused killer Chad Isaak said he would consider representing himself after his lead attorney filed a motion to withdraw as his counsel.
When lead attorney Robert Quick filed to withdraw as counsel, he stated his entire defense team would be left with no representation.
In court, Isaak said he was unaware he would be left with no one.
The issue stems from a complaint that was filed against Robert Quick last Thursday.
“It’s not something I wish to do on the eve of trial after being involved for two year, but as I mentioned I think I was ethically obligated to follow through and file the motion,” said Quick.
Now the issue is, who will represent the accused murder?
“I did not know that if I filed a justified complaint, that it would result in all five attorney’s being forced off the case,” said Isaak.
Isaak says he might ack as his own counsel.
“I am going to seriously consider representing myself,” said Isaak.
He says he feels comfortable making a case for himself.
“I’m comfortable asking questions, I’m comfortable delivering opening and closing arguments, but I don’t have access to technology and I need to know how to subpoena people so that is the only drawback to self-representation,” said Isaak.
But the Judge disagrees, calling the idea risky.
“Representing yourself in any case, but particularly a case with charges of this nature involved, it is a very risky business and proposition for you,” said Morton County Judge David Reich.
Judge Reich took the motion under advisement, and said he would make a decision later this week.
“As much as I would like to say, ‘Keep Mr. Quick on and proceed to trial’, I just don’t know that realistically that’s what can happen or should happen here because of the potential consequences,” said Morton County State’s Attorney Gabrielle Goter.
Judge Reich is taking the motion under advisement and says he will have a decision made by the end of the week whether he will grant the motion to remove Quick from the case.
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