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Milwaukee man to represent himself in child abuse case

MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - A Milwaukee man plans to represent himself, as a trial is scheduled to begin Monday on 42 criminal charges of molesting and abusing his five daughters. 

The 48-year-old man will have a standby attorney to assist him. 

Even so, Milwaukee County Circuit Judge David Borowski tried talking the defendant out of being his own lawyer before reluctantly approving it last Friday. 

The man faces more than 1,000 years in prison -- and there's a possibility that he might end up questioning his five daughters during the midst of a trial.

Observers say the defendant has repeatedly talked over others in his pre-trial proceedings, including Judge Borowski. The man has had two mental competency exams, and a forensic psychologist finds that the defendant has no signs of mental illness. 

Prosecutor Sara Lewis contends that the man's personality, "prevents him from making decisions in his own self interest."