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Monson Trial Ends in Conviction and With No Additional Lawyers Stabbed With Pencils

The trial of Joshua Monson ended Wednesday when he was convicted by a jury of first-degree murder. Also of significance -- particularly to the lawyer representing him in the trial -- Monson was stymied from stabbing a fourth lawyer with a pencil. On three separate prior occasions in court, Monson had stabbed his (soon-to-be former) lawyer with a pencil. Detecting a trend, the court in Monson's murder trial imposed stringent security measures for the trial, which thankfully proved to be effective.

As discussed here, the court overseeing Monson's trial required this "Hannibal Lecter of stabbing lawyers with pencils" to be seated at a separate table from his attorney, strapped to a chair with one hand additionally restrained, and wearing "an electric stun cuff that corrections officers can activate if he gets out of line." The Herald reports that the courtroom furniture was also rearranged in such a way as to keep the restraints out of the sight of jurors. 

The Herald also notes what must have been a harrowing moment just before the jury's verdict was read, when Monson reached out to shake his attorney's hand and thank him. This final exchange proved to be stab-free, as a corrections officer "kept a firm grip on Monson's forearm."

Posted by Bruce Carton on May 10, 2012 at 12:18 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)

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