Hassan's Lead Attorney Steps Down From Murder Case

September 24, 2010 Updated Sep 24, 2010 at 6:50 PM EDT

By Laura Gray

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September 24, 2010 Updated Sep 24, 2010 at 6:50 PM EDT

Buffalo, NY (WKBW) -- Judge Thomas Franczyk agreed to recuse defense attorney Julie Atti Rogers Friday. He then asked suspected murder Muzzammil "Mo" Hassan if he wants a lawyer or "a marionette" that will "do everything you want."
Judge Franczyk warning Hassan that he could end up at trial in January without an attorney.
Julie Atti Rogers is the third attorney who has worked on this case.
Today, Hassan praised Rogers. He says she was the best attorney he ever had He credited Rogers with helping him form his battered spouse defense. Hassan co-founded Muslim oriented Bridges TV station with the wife he's accused of murdering.
Hassan told a judge today that he fired Rogers August 27th after the attorney shouted at him. Rogers denies that claim. She says despite reports, Hassan did not threaten physical violence in any of his numerous calls or letters to her.
She did tell Judge Franczyk today that a working relationship with Hassan had become impossible. "I don't think there was one specific incident. It's just been growing increasingly difficult to work together." she told us following court today, "I have ethical obligations and guidelines, and I'm bound by those ethical rules. That's not always what a client wants me to do. In this case, I was having a difficult time getting Mr Hassan to respond to what I thought was in his best interest."
Rogers says dropping out of the case won't delay the trial any further. Defense attorney Jeremy Schwartz is consulting with Hassan as well to decide if he will continue to work on this case. Schwartz will tell Judge Franczyk his decision next Wednesday. Hassan's trial starts January 10th, 2011.