Courthouse takeover defendant asks to fire lawyer

Courthouse takeover defendant asks to fire lawyer

July 27th, 2011 by Associated Press in News

A Georgia militia supporter arrested on federal weapons charges after threatening to take over a rural East Tennessee courthouse wants to fire his court-appointed lawyers.

Darren Wesley Huff, of Dallas, Ga., is seeking to dismiss his two attorneys, claiming their work is ineffective.

A hearing on the issue is set for Tuesday, with the trial scheduled for two weeks later.

Records show that Huff, 41, traveled in April 2010 to the Monroe County Courthouse between Chattanooga and Knoxville. He took along a handgun and an AK-47, intending to make citizens' arrests after a grand jury refused to indict President Barack Obama on charges related to his birth certificate.