U.S. judge allows accused Capitol rioter to act as own attorney

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By Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A federal judge agreed on Thursday to a New York state man’s request to defend himself against felony charges of participating in the Jan. 6 assault on the U.S. Capitol, although he warned him it was unwise. U.S. District Judge Trevor McFadden voiced skepticism about the wisdom of Brandon Fellows, 27, of Schenectady, New York, who is in federal custody, acting as his own lawyer. “A trained lawyer would defend you far better than you would defend yourself,” McFadden told Fellows. “I strongly urge you not to defend yourself.” But the judge subsequently ag…

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