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(AP) ATLANTA - A 23-year-old Georgia man charged with trying to help overseas terrorists wage "violent jihad" on the U.S. has decided to represent himself.
Ehsanul Islam Sadequee's decision Monday threw a wrench in defense plans. Sadequee's family members passed him a note through his former attorney urging him not to represent himself, and U.S. District Judge Bill Duffey told him it was a "very, very unwise choice."
However, Sadequee told the judge he was "prepared enough."
Sadequee has pleaded not guilty. But prosecutors say they have overwhelming evidence against him, including a series of short homemade videos made by him and a friend, Syed Haris Ahmed.
A federal judge found Ahmed guilty in June of plotting to aid a terrorist group. He faces up to 15 years in prison.