Prominent attorney Giovanni Di Stefano, who has represented former Iraq dictator Saddam Hussein and his right-hand man, “Chemical Ali,” or Ali Hassan al-Majid, is representing Charles Manson in his attempt for a new trial, Di Stefano told CNN.
Di Stefano has filed an application with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights on behalf of Manson, he said. The petition says Manson didn’t receive a fair trial when he was convicted 40 years ago because, among other things, he was not allowed to represent himself, Di Stefano said.
The prosecutor in the Manson case, however, said Di Stefano’s claim has no merit.
Manson was assigned a public defender after the judge in his case became frustrated with Manson’s behavior while he was acting as his own attorney.
Di Stefano said that was a violation of Manson’s Sixth Amendment rights and is grounds for a new trial.
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