- Associated Press - Thursday, January 29, 2015

FERNDALE, Mich. (AP) - A man who insisted on acting as his own lawyer has persuaded the Michigan appeals court to throw out his conviction - because a judge didn’t fully explain the risk of acting as his own lawyer.

The court said Wednesday there are key steps that must be followed when a defendant wants to go solo. And in the case of Jimmy Aldaoud, Oakland County Judge Daniel O’Brien didn’t explain the length of a possible prison sentence.

Before trial, Aldaoud said he had spent 16 months - “day and night” - studying law books. He was convicted of home invasion and sentenced to at least three years in prison.

Aldaoud admitted taking tools from a Ferndale garage in 2012 but claimed it was a misdemeanor, not a felony.

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