BALTIMORE (WJZ)—A Maryland political campaign consultant is sentenced to jail time. Julius Henson, who was convicted for a notorious robocall during the 2010 gubernatorial campaign, has been found guilty of probation violation.
Political reporter Pat Warren explains what happens next.
Henson went into court Thursday confident that he would prevail in a probation violation hearing. Henson was convicted for a campaign violation in the 2010 gubernatorial race, involving a robocall that implied votes were not needed.
The robocall said: “Governor O’ Malley and President Obama have been successful. We’re OK. Relax. Everything is fine. The only thing left is to watch it on TV tonight.”
Henson was sentenced to jail time and probation with the condition he not work in any capacity on a political campaign. A judge ruled Thursday that he violated that condition by entering a race for state Senate and sentenced him to four months in jail. He has 30 days to appeal.
“I will continue to run and consult,” Henson said.
The jail sentence cancels the probation, so Henson is free pending the outcome of the appeal.
“I’m glad this focus has shifted cause we want to go and work in the 45th district and try to bring about positive change over there,” Henson said.
The 45th District is represented by Nathaniel McFadden. Supporters at the hearing say they want him in the race.
“It’s nothing personal against Sen. McFadden but we do in America have the right to have people run and represent us,” said Naon Locust, voter.
Henson will argue that the judge had no authority to prevent him from running.
He claimed his probation prevented him from being a consultant, not a candidate. The judge told Henson he is baffled by that interpretation of the conditions of his parole.
If he loses his appeal, Henson has 10 days to report to jail.
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