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Man who cut lawyer in San Diego court convicted

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SAN DIEGO (AP) — A man who slashed his lawyer in the face in a San Diego court last week, then delivered his own closing argument in handcuffs has been convicted of conspiracy to commit murder, attempted murder and assault.

City News Service says a jury found 32-year-old Eduardo Macias and his 35-year-old co-defendant Geromino Polina guilty of the three counts Friday. They'll be sentenced Feb. 19.

The judge said Macias had forfeited his right to representation after he cut his lawyer, William Burgener, in front of the jury with a blade he'd hidden in his mouth, so Macias acted as his own attorney in the trial's final days.

Macias acknowledged using a razor blade to slash another inmate at Donovan state prison in 2010, but told jurors he was only guilty of assault.

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