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ABBER OK'D TO DEFEND HIMSELF.

Byline: Karen Maeshiro Staff Writer

LANCASTER - David Abber, a former Lancaster mayoral candidate, will be allowed to represent himself during his trial on drug and stalking charges, a judge ruled Wednesday.

Abber, 46, said he is tired of the delays in his case and expressed dissatisfaction with two attorneys who represented him previously.

``This has been dragging out too long. No stalking ever took place. I don't know where the marijuana came from,'' Abber said in a telephone interview. ``It's time for my story to be told. I'm tired of delays. The DA has no case here. I didn't do anything wrong.''

Lancaster Superior Court Judge Frank Jackson granted Abber's request to act as his own attorney. But that is contingent upon Jackson granting another of Abber's requests to appoint an advisory counsel with whom he can consult.

Jackson is scheduled to hear that motion Aug. 3.

Deputy District Attorney John Portillo said if Jackson denies Abber's request for an advisory counsel, Abber will ask to have an attorney appointed to represent him.

Portillo said the judge had previously advised Abber not to act as his own attorney, which Portillo said was typical advice. Abber is a semi-retired ticket broker.

``Even an attorney should not represent himself because he can't be objective. People with no legal training are held to the same standard as an attorney,'' Portillo said. ``He's required to know the law or he's in trouble.''

Abber, who lost his bid to unseat Mayor Frank Roberts in the April 11 election, is charged with stalking Heather Tulloch, who has said she wants the criminal case dropped and that she never called deputies for help with what she characterized as a ``lover's quarrel'' with Abber.

He also is charged with possession of marijuana for sale. Deputies said they found marijuana during a search of his house several hours after his arrest Oct. 8.

Earlier this month, sheriff's officials complied with a court order and turned over information about four complaints filed against the investigator who arrested Abber.

The information was handed over to Abber's previous defense attorney, Deputy Public Defender Michael Allenswroth, who was seeking to determine whether residents filed complaints against Detective Brian Schoonmaker claiming the deputy was dishonest or had planted evidence.
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