The Pocomoke man whose murder conviction was overturned in April wants a different attorney, but his behavior in court last week drew the ire of the judge.
In Circuit Court in Snow Hill last Thursday, James Edward Ballard, 32, ranted about his displeasure with Burton Anderson, the longtime public defender who represented him during the trial.
“I don’t want to represent myself, but I don’t want him to represent me,” Ballard told Judge Thomas C. Groton III. “We don’t see eye to eye.”
Groton said that Ballard had not given him any good reason why he wanted a different defense attorney and said Anderson “is as good as the best there is and better than most. You’ll be adequately represented by Mr. Anderson.”