28-year-old Joshua Monson has found out the hard way that stabbing lawyers is frowned upon in a courtroom. Who knew?
Monson is currently appearing in court on charges of methamphetamine possession, and has just lost his right to a lawyer. The reason? He’s stabbed not one, not two, but three of his own attorneys.
Thankfully, all of the stabbings were carried out with pens or pencils, meaning no deaths or serious injuries have ensued. But the stabbings did result in Monson being held down by leather restraints, and fitted with an electric-shocking device. And now, he’s lost his lawyers. In short, he has nothing left to stab.
Attorney Jesse Cantor was the third and final victim of Monson. The defendant managed to grab Cantor’s own pen while the prosecution was arguing its case, and stabbed him in the side of the head with it. The Herald reports:
“Witnesses reported seeing Monson reach across the table, grab the pen and stab Cantor in the left side of the head. Cantor was not seriously injured.
The incident happened as jurors were listening to a prosecutor’s opening statements.”
Apparently that was enough for the judge, who had previously banned Monson from bringing writing implements to the courtroom. Now, the stab-happy Monson will have to defend himself.
[Via The Herald]