Warrant issued for consultant

June 25, 1999|By Ivan Penn | Ivan Penn,SUN STAFF

A Baltimore District judge issued a warrant this week for the arrest of Baltimore political strategist Julius C. Henson for failing to appear for trial Tuesday on an alleged housing code violation.

Henson faces a charge of renting a "building not fit for human habitation," according to court records. The warrant for Henson was issued Wednesday for his rental property at 710 E. 21st St. in East Baltimore, according to Henson and court records.

During an interview yesterday, Henson said he was never notified of the court appearance and had not heard about problems at his property until reporters questioned him. He said he believes the housing citation was issued as a political ploy to damage his credibility.

Henson is a political consultant for City Council President Lawrence A. Bell III's mayoral candidacy, Circuit Court Clerk Frank M. Conaway's bid for council president and city Comptroller Joan M. Pratt's re-election campaign.

"What they're trying to do is attack me," Henson said of political enemies he would not name. Henson insists that his property, which has tenants, has no code violations.

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