MONROE COMING TO LEARN WHAT ‘DEALING’ COCAINE MEANS; HENSHAW TRIES TO EMBROIL DISCLOSURE IN IT
SALINE CO.—In afternoon testimony for Tim Monroe’s trial for delivery of a controlled substance (cocaine) on 02.02.10, it would appear that Monroe has only just come to understand that in the vernacular of law enforcement, ‘sharing’ the drug is the same thing as ‘dealing’…and ‘dealing’ is the same as ‘selling.’
So while he is charged only with actually selling cocaine to Carolyn Glore McGee’s “boyfriend Zach” (an undercover police agent), in this case ‘selling’ meaning a changing of money for the drug, in other instances Monroe admitted from the stand today, under heavy cross-examination from prosecutor Mike Henshaw, that he “shared” the drug many, many times.
Monroe outlined times, mostly since 2005 but also some incidents in 1997, 2000 and 2002, when he used cocaine. He also told of occasions when he used coke with a school principal, Maureen Mann; two employees of Harrisburg’s newspaper, John Roark and a John Fritsch (that’s what it sounded like; no one gave the spelling); and then there was the time he bought coke off a brick from Eric Rollins.
And while all of this amounted to merely using the dope, not selling it (as in an exchange of money for it), according to Henshaw, as well as, apparently, the drug task force cops, if you share cocaine with someone, you also deal it. And if you deal it, you sell it. Their logic, not ours. Depends, we guess, on how judge Ron Eckiss sees it when he explains it to the jury.
There was a moment of tension in the courtroom today when Henshaw whipped out a sheaf of papers which were subsequently revealed to be printouts from the post commenters on our website. There, someone calling him/herself “tim monroe” had given extensive details about Monroe’s life with Carolyn and the whole dope case as it’s unfolded. Henshaw wanted Monroe to read that to the jury. Monroe’s attorney, Paul Christenson, threw a controlled conniption, as, of course, anyone can call him/herself anyone on the internet and post as that person if they so desire. There was some discussion, it sounded like (from the back of the courtroom, where various people really need to learn to be quiet), about “getting someone from the newspaper to testify” about it. As if. Ultimately, Henshaw was told to have Monroe read the comment, then tell him whether it really was Monroe who had written it. Monroe said he hadn’t, and the comment wasn’t read out loud. The word “Disclosure” was only said in passing by Henshaw and it might not have sunk into the consciousnesses of the jury. However, our hit counts are up, so we can only guess there might be some searching going on. The judge from the bench has admonished the jury not to read anything about the case…but he hasn’t specifically mentioned Internet. So, if they are right now…Hi, jury! Click off immediately, or you’ll get in trouble. And we’ll likely be hearing “no Internet” tomorrow from Eckiss, as it seems everybody at the Saline County courthouse is kinda obsessed with this website this week.
Even Henshaw’s assistant Jason Olsen has apparently been reading us, as he really liked the part we reported yesterday where it appears that certain ISP troopers have been petting the sweaty stuff. But Hobie Boyles denies ever having had sex with Carolyn McGee. She denied it as well this morning. Who to believe? Hard to say.
However, one thing that DID come out today was testimony by Pam Shelton, who declared from the stand that she had been in McGee’s house when McGee and Justin Zurliene (“Zach”) were doing the nasty in McGee’s room.
Shelton also had the honor of testifying about the big pink dildo Z gave to his ‘pretend’ girlfriend, Carolyn. Shelton was roomies for awhile with McGee, and testified about that experience at length. She was a highly credible witness and told many things about herself that she didn’t have to reveal, but probably all in an effort to get the jury to understand that Carolyn McGee, head bobbing, had just sat there and lied to them at length about all her adventures in Z-land.
And we still haven’t figured out exactly how four cops—Hobie Boyles, Greg Hanisch, Glenn Rountree and Justin Zurliene—stood around while one of them frisked her for contraband, weapons, etc., before she went with Z to Monroe’s house for the controlled buy. If it was a thorough frisk, that’s kinda inappropriate, as they should have had a female officer doing that, but whatever.
And speaking of someone to whom it reportedly doesn’t matter if it’s male or female, Harrisburg’s biggest Certified Public Assh…er, Accountant, David Cox, was put on the stand in the afternoon.
Upon once again mincing into the courtroom trying valiantly to control the swishing wrist by holding it in front of him pretending to hang onto his coat (much like in the photo to the right), he was seated and began, as a rebuttal witness, to tell of all the times he and former buddy Monroe had been to various outings or adventures (a golf trip, a vakay to Mexico) where Monroe sniffed cocaine all day long and Cocksie just looked on in righteous indignation.
Cox said that once, in Puerto Vallarta, Monroe came banging on the door to his room because he had to get his coke out of a drawer he’d put it in.
No one, neither Henshaw or Christenson, asked why in God’s name Monroe had put his coke in Cocksie’s drawer. But just the description is enough to make the straight among us go “ew.”
Christenson asked Cox why he was there—”Is it out of the goodness of your heart you just decided to testify against your former friend?” Cox, who according to many who know him has no goodness anywhere but especially not in his heart, replied he was there because he was subpoenaed (wonder if he gives that excuse to the IRS when he screws up on peoples’ taxes). Christenson then asked him if it was because he was jealous of Monroe’s relationship with Cox’ baby-momma, Sarah Anderson. Cox, ever the asswipe, had to throw in there that he would be jealous of the lower third of Illinois and parts of two other states if that were the problem. Then he began a little soliloquy about how he had sole custody of his child, etc., which was so off the reservation the JUDGE actually stopped him for being narrative. Nobody can say the individuals involved here don’t have their own agendas, that’s for sure.
Cocksie, btw, took it upon himself to call the house here, posing as Larry Monroe, earlier this afternoon. We’ve been listening to Larry talk for the last three days, and knew it wasn’t him, but what the hell? This man testified that he’s 56 years old. It’s not exactly a badge of honor for someone that age to behave as if he’s 12; that’s more akin to dementia. Cox didn’t have a bad case of the sniffles like his goodbuddy Paul McSparin has on the stand the couple of times we’ve seen him, so his problem must be more of a distilled kind.
Today’s testimony might have shown that Monroe, just like everyone else, has his own agenda, and a lot of people are complaining that this is only to “blame everyone else but himself” for what he’s done. But to have heard him on the stand today, that’s not exactly it. Monroe seems prepared to take his licks for what he’s done. That he seems intent on getting at Rodney Marcum, who he claims had large amounts of cocaine and is one of the biggest and best distributors in the area, could be viewed as “blaming everyone else”, except for this: why ARE law enforcement and Henshaw going after Monroe, when Marcum was the bigger supplier who could put them in touch with HIS supplier, an even bigger target? Is it that ISP is underfunded, understaffed, staffed with incompetents that can’t go after the bigger fish?
Or is it because the buck stops at Marcum because someone WANTS it to stop there?
This may wrap up and we may never know. Marcum didn’t testify today; it’s unclear whether he’ll testify tomorrow, and right now the link between Marcum and Henshaw is tenuous at best, causing us to wonder in what context that damning tape will be presented, if in fact we get to hear it at all.
Check back tomorrow around lunchtime, barring any disasters, and we’ll see. Be sure to get the latest issue, there should still be some at our vendors: Graf Ink, Stanley’s BBQ and Wild Things in H’burg, and College Drive Liquors in Eldorado, to keep yourself up on the latest and not miss a single thing.
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