An old axiom that everyone has heard over the years applies to people who decide not to hire lawyers and defend themselves in courts. Those people, the saying goes, have a fool for a client and a jackass for a lawyer, or vice versa. (The memory gets fuzzier as I get older.)
Perennial candidate (and loser) Martin Lindstedt filed a flurry of motions in Newton County Circuit Court Monday as he battled a felony statutory sodomy charge.
Lindstedt, who has filed numerous lawsuits in federal courts over the years (and has yet to win any of them) filed motions contesting lawful jurisdiction, claiming absent and unlawful arraignment, unlawful arrest and imprisonment, plus motions to dismiss and a motion to be released on his own recognizance so he can prepare his defense.
He also asked that Judge Gregory Stremel be removed from the case. Lindstedt, the seasoned pro se attorney, filed suggestions in support of the request, not knowing that all he had to do was make a motion for the change of judge. Stremel probably breathed a sigh of relief as he approved the motion.
A preliminary hearing had been scheduled for Monday, June 13, but that may depend on who the new judge is.