SALINE PROSECUTOR HENSHAW ALMOST COMES TO BLOWS IN COURTROOM
SALINE CO.–Apparently feeling the heat coming down on him from every aspect of his carefully-constructed little world, Saline judge-turned-prosecutor Mike Henshaw almost came to blows today in the courtroom with Paul Christenson, attorney for cocaine-trafficking suspect Tim Monroe.
It was reported to Disclosure that the almost-altercation took place in about a ten-minute time span upon commencement of a 1:30 hearing in which a number of issues surrounding Monroe’s charges were to be addressed.
Monroe, formerly a teacher and coach at Galatia high school, was charged in February 2008 with three counts of cocaine trafficking in the vicinity of a church (next door to his house at the time).
Monroe claims his trafficking accomplice was Rodney Marcum, buddy of the pissy Mr. Henshaw…which was the basis of the brouhaha today.
Christenson continued to insist today that Henshaw had a conflict in prosecuting the case because of his association with Marcum and all the other rummy characters that are involved in this cocaine-trafficking case, including the never-popular Paul McSparin and David “Cocksie” Cox.
When Christenson brought this up again today, Henshaw bulled up and began posturing, stating that the whole “buddies” thing was a construct in order to deflect attention off the seriousness of the matter.
Christenson apparently bulled up back and told Henshaw that they were too his buddies.
The judge in the case, hippified Ron Eckiss from Williamson Co., told the two to settle down, but they did not, and court security maven Lia Milstead reportedly had to get between the two legal beagles.
Christenson simply wanted to continue a previously-set hearing on Monroe’s Harassment of Witnesses charge (wherein he is accused of threatening to kick McSparin’s and Cox’ asses, something that probably ultimately needs to happen in some form or another just to shut their pipsqueak mouths for a time…just sayin…) until a determination could be made as to just what part the two play in the cocaine-trafficking matter as witnesses.
Henshaw would have none of it…and neither would the judge.
Eckiss set the cocaine charge for jury trial beginning next Tuesday.
Christenson advised Eckiss, Henshaw, and the few in the courtroom (including Henshaw’s wife, who seems to make it down to the courtroom from her taxpayer-supported hole in the courthouse every time Monroe is present, perhaps to provide a few vertebra to what passes for Henshaw’s backbone) that it’d be fine if they proceeded to trial next week, but he promised it would be “a bloodbath.”
We understand that one of the prosecution’s key witnesses is not going to be allowed to testify, as he has been pulled off every undercover case he’s been working in southern Illinois. We won’t say who this is at this time (mainly because we don’t have his pic…but we’re working on it.)
It wouldn’t be surprising if Christenson doesn’t call him to the stand anyway…for the defense…to explain exactly WHY it is that he can’t testify.
That would be a pure hoot.
The complete story of today’s antics will be in the next print version of Disclosure, on stands Jan. 11-13.
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