Buffalo, NY (WKBW) -- Muzzammil Hassan returned to the courtroom Monday to once again ask for permission to represent himself through the rest of the trial. Attorney Jeremy Schwartz says that he could no longer work with Hassan for reasons that go to the heart of the defense. After issuing numerous warnings to Hassan, including advising him of the possibility that the jury could believe he is arrogant and a control freak, the judge granted his request. Schwartz agreed to stay on as silent council. Judge Franczyk told Hassan Schwartz would replace him if he acts up in court.
Thursday, Hassan left the court room. He was angry that the judge refused him the opportunity to represent himself and cross examine his daughter and a family baby sitter. He then declared his trial as unfair before leaving the courtroom.
Today, Hunaid Baliwala, general manager at Bridges TV took the stand. So did Officer Joseph Kadi of Orchard Park Police. Hassan's cross examination was lengthy, tedious, and repetitive with each question appearing to attempt to prove Aasiya as a liar. He also attempted to prove that he did not get to tell his side of the story in any of the 12 police reports that his late wife filed against him. Hassan asked many leading questions to Baliwala. He asked him if Aasiya ever talked to him about how she abused her husband. Baliwala responded no. Prosecutors objected many times throughout Hassan's cross examinations. At one point there was a heated exchange as Hassan told prosecutor Colleen Curtain Gable to "calm down" after an objection.
Hassan wanted to stop prosecutors from showing more pictures of the crime scene, saying that they just "incite and inflame" the jurors by showing them more blood and gore. Prosecutors say the pictures are necessary because they show important details of the beheading. They also show that Aasiya was not armed, which contrasts Hassan's defense that he believed Aasiya had a knife when he killed her. Judge Franczyk went through all of the pictures that Hassan opposed, and approved the value of many. Tuesday morning, Hassan can cross examine the detective that claims he found no weapons on Aasiya's body the day of the murder.
By Laura Gray
Jan 24, 2011 at 6:33 PM EST