Reporting Monique Griego
BALTIMORE (WJZ)– The political consultant jailed for his role in the 2010 Election Night robocall scandal is released early to care for his dying mother.
Monique Griego has more on what his lawyer is saying.
While Henson is done with his jail time, his lawyer says their fight still isn’t over.
After serving 30 days of a 60-day sentence, Julius Henson, 63, was released from jail Friday for good behavior.
The political consultant had been serving time for his role in the 2010 Election Day robocalls scandal.
“The jail authorities were far more compassionate than the court and the prosecutors who said, ‘You guys are big liars,’” said Henson’s lawyer, Edward Smith Jr.
Smith tells WJZ prosecutors had previously denied a petition to free Henson so he could be with his dying mother whom he was taking care of before being jailed.
“That was just pure snake-mean,” said Smith.
In May, a jury found the former governor Bob Ehrlich’s campaign consultant guilty of withholding the required robocall tagline during Ehrlich’s campaign to beat Gov. Martin O’Malley.
He was sentenced to 60 days behind bars while his co-conspirator Paul Schurick got no jail time. Henson and his supporters claimed race played a role in the disparity.
“Well, nobody got a search and seizure warrant for his house, came into his community and raided his house. Why was that? So if that’s not some part of race on somebody’s case, what would you direct it as?” Henson said at the time.
An exclusive WJZ interview, which aired the day before sentencing, outraged the judge who said Henson had no remorse.
“I think they’re full of crap. That’s not a good word but I think they’re full crap,” Smith said.
For now, Smith says Henson is happy to be by his mother’s side but still has plans to appeal his conviction.
“I think he’ll come back with a vengeance wherever he decides to land. We’ll see,” he said.
Henson was cleared of the most serious charges that included campaign fraud.
Henson also has a $1 million federal fine that he also plans to appeal.