Todd Kline’s continued attempts to disrupt the proceedings on Friday caused Ottawa County Circuit Judge Jon Van Allsburg to hold the man in contempt. The judge set a $500 cash bond and ordered deputies to take Kline into custody.
“You cannot compel me to pay an impossibility,” Kline said to Van Allsburg. “I have no money.”
Kline then asked the judge what "species of funds" would be needed to pay his bond.
When deputies reached out to arrest the man, Kline struggled enough to throw himself and two deputies to the floor. He continued to struggle and yell obscenities at the deputies, while his mother ran to the front of the courtroom and
begged him to stop.
Deputies warned Kline they would use a Taser gun to subdue him, but he continued to struggle, yelling that his rights were being violated and that he would see the officers in federal court.
Kline yelled in pain when deputies used a Taser on him, but he didn’t stop struggling until it was used a second time.
“All right, all right,” he said.
Kline was arraigned Monday afternoon in Ottawa County 58th District Court on a felony charge of resisting and obstructing a police officer.
Kline argued with Judge Craig Bunce during the arraignment. He disagreed with the judge on his failures to appear in court and brushed off what happened in four prior violent convictions.
“It was actually a steak knife,” he said when Bunce questioned him about a charge of possession of a switchblade.
Bunce said nothing he has seen in Kline’s report has changed his decision on the bond, and set it at $50,000 “for the safety of the public.”
A not-guilty plea was entered on Kline’s behalf and a conference with his appointed attorney, Jim Piper, was set for this morning.
“It’s very rare that anybody does this,” Chief Circuit Judge Ed Post said of the scuffle in the courtroom. “Most people are quite compliant.”