Man accused of retaliating against a federal judge

Published 2:21 pm Tuesday, November 8, 2011

A Waynesboro man faces prosecution in Gulfport on a charge alleging he retaliated against a federal judge by filing a false lien against him for $10 million.

James Allan Hennis filed the maritime lien in Forrest County in November 2010 while U.S. District Judge Keith Starrett was presiding over a civil lawsuit Hennis had filed in federal court.

Starrett recused himself from the lawsuit and contacted the FBI. It is a federal offense to make a false claim or statement against a judge or to slander a judge.

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Hennis has pleaded not guilty.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert H. Walker set a trial date of Nov. 27.