Jason Christ asks for public defender before sentencing


MISSOULA, Mont. - A Missoula judge says she finds one man's request to delay his hearing ‘an abuse of the system.' That man is Jason Christ.

The prominent medical marijuana advocate has represented himself in two separate trials. After several delays Christ was ultimately convicted for threatening to bomb a Missoula Verizon Wireless store.

Tuesday he was scheduled to be sentenced for the crime but asked for a continuance. Christ told Missoula County District Court Judge Karen Townsend that he would like a public defender before moving forward with the sentencing hearing.

Townsend told Christ she thinks this is just one more attempt at pushing back his sentencing. She wondered why he waited until Tuesday to ask for a public defender.

"How is it that you do not know the simple words ‘I think I need a real lawyer right now'?" she asked.

Townsend agreed to give Christ one more week to sort things out, but she was clear she didn't like the idea.

"I have a real difficult time thinking that the appointment of a public defender is appropriate in this case," Townsend said.

The sentencing hearing is scheduled for next Tuesday morning. NBC Montana will keep you updated.

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