(Memphis Commercial-Appeal) Federal prosecutors say a defendant convicted in November of three carjackings and nine other felonies is not entitled to a new trial despite his claims that he was ineffective in acting as his own attorney for part of the trial.

Christopher John Clark said in a hand-printed motion after his convictions that he had a mental condition that prevented him from properly representing himself during a four-day trial, which he boycotted for one day in protest.

He told the judge he wanted to represent himself on the first day of trial, then on day two said he wanted his court-appointed attorney to proceed, and then became disruptive and was removed from court. He flooded his jail cell and banged his head on the wall as court personnel were setting up video equipment so Clark could watch the trial.

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