How is practicing law like computer programming? Unfortunately for accused eBay hacker Jerome Heckenkamp, the answer is that it's not. Back in January, Heckencamp, a boy-genius hacker who graduated from college at 18 years of age, fired his attorney, cyberlaw hotshot Jennifer Granick, after concluding that he could do a better job defending himself. "This is my case and I have to do what I can to win," he told U.S. District Court Judge Patricia Trumbull. "I think this is the best way to do that."
He then asked to have Granick reinstated that very same day.
Now, however, Heckencamp has fired Granick once again, and, after appearing in court as his own counsel, ended up back in federal custody. According to this Security Focus article by former hacker Kevin Poulsen, Heckencamp "challenged the indictment against him on the grounds that it spells his name, Jerome T. Heckenkamp, in all capital letters, while he spells it with the first letter capitalized, and subsequent letters in lower case."