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Julius Henson sued for credit card debt

Julius Henson, the longtime Baltimore political strategist, is headed back to court, this time for allegedly defaulting on his credit card debt.

The lawsuit filed in Baltimore City Circuit Court alleges that the bombastic, bare-knuckle political adviser and former candidate for state Senate ran up more than $36,000 in credit card debt.

The suit further alleges that Henson, 66, of the 1500 block of North Decker Street, stopped payments on the debt in November 2013, around the same time he began his unsuccessful challenge to Sen. Nathaniel J. McFadden.

In the lawsuit, Bank of America says it has repeatedly sought payment from Henson.

“Despite the demand, the defendant has failed and refused, and continues to fail and refuse to pay the amounts due and owing from defendant to plaintiff,” according to the lawsuit.

Henson did not return calls from a reporter seeking comment.

Henson unsuccessfully ran for state Senate against McFadden in the Democratic primary. The expenditures do not appear to be related to the campaign, which reported a balance of more than $19,000 in the latest report filed in January. Seven campaign finance reports filed with the Maryland State Board of Elections by Henson’s campaign do not identify any outstanding loans or in-kind contributions.

This is the latest in a recent string of court-related incidents for Henson.

In 2012, he was convicted of conspiracy to violate state election laws for his role in an automated robocall incident on Election Day 2010. Henson, who primarily has worked for Democrats, was working as a consultant for former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich’s second run against Gov. Martin J. O’Malley.

The call, authored by Henson, was sent to black voters in key Democratic areas. The message encouraged voters to stay home instead of coming out to vote for O’Malley.

Henson was sentenced to one year in jail with all but 60 days suspended. He was also sentenced to three years probation and ordered “not work in any political campaign paid/volunteer during probation.”

Despite that order, Henson was ultimately allowed to run as a candidate.

In a separate but related case, Henson and his company, Universal Elections, was ordered to pay $1 million after the state sued for violating the federal Telephone Consumer Protection Act, which allows for damages of up to $500 per call.

Henson and his company were penalized for making more than 112,000 calls to Democrats in Baltimore city and Prince George’s County — which are home to the largest blocks of black voters in the state.

A federal appeals court upheld the judgment in July 2013.