On Ali’s Decision


My good friend Ali Akbar’s decision to represent himself during the Kimberlin v. Walker, et al. nuisance trial was his own, but he did not make it on his own. He consulted with Aaron, Stacy, and me—and our lawyer—before he made it. We each gave him advice. He took some and left the rest.

Aaron, Stacy, Ali, and I all wanted to win, but we each had somewhat different views of what a best-case win would look like. Ali took the choice that he thought would be most likely to optimize his win without significantly endangering his codefendants.

In the end, we won, and I got around 95% of what I was looking for. That’s pretty good. Ali got some things out of the case that were important to him that he could only get by representing himself. If you want to know what they were, ask him. I’m happy…

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