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April 5, 2013

Suspect in slashing case set to stand trial

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When Whitehead explained to Limbaugh that he was not taking evidence in the case yesterday, because it was a motion based on the argument of a lack of sufficient evidence, Limbaugh protested.

“Your honor, listen to me, I’m not a fool,” Limbaugh started before Whitehead cut him off.

“Mr. Limbaugh, don’t ever say to a judge, ‘Listen to me,’” Whitehead warned.

After denying Limbaugh’s motion, the judge asked about the next event in the case, the trial.

“There will be no trial,” Limbaugh announced, the first of several times he made that statement. Limbaugh said he planned to appeal Whitehead’s decision.

But the Supreme Judicial Court already told Limbaugh not to come back to them with any more appeals until after his case is tried, after he tried to appeal an earlier ruling in the case.

When told of that fact, Limbaugh still insisted, “I’m canceling that date.”

“A defendant cannot unilaterally cancel a trial date,” the judge told him.

“Let me put it this way,” Limbaugh responded. “There’s going to be a lot of changes here. There is not going to be a trial.”

Then, for several moments, Limbaugh fumbled through an envelope of paperwork, before pulling out his “bill.”

The judge did not accept it.

Courts reporter Julie Manganis can be reached at 978-338-2521, via email at jmanganis@salemnews.com or on Twitter @SNJulieManganis.

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