Man charged in courtroom scuffle to go on trial

A Grand Haven man charged after scuffling with deputies in an Ottawa County courtroom raised objections to his case Monday, but he was quickly ushered through his arraignment in Ottawa County Circuit Court.
Becky Vargo
Nov 5, 2013


Todd Andrew Kline, 44, is charged with resisting and obstructing a police officer. He resisted police efforts to arrest him during a child support hearing in front of Judge Jon Van Allsburg on Oct. 11.

During Monday’s arraignment, Kline’s appointed attorney, James Piper, said his client would stand mute, but Kline raised an objection.

“This man is not my attorney,” Kline said.

Kline wanted Piper to be dismissed, but Judge Jon Hulsing denied the request and entered a not-guilty plea for Kline. The judge told Kline he would need to file a motion to remove his attorney, and the felony case would proceed to trial.

Kline remains lodged in the Ottawa County Jail on a $50,000 bond.




I'm thinking Todd has more than anger issues. And his ex significant other needn't be too concerned with the child support issue either, she isn't going to get anything from this winner; I'm thinking that too is a moot issue at this point.


Another suicide watch prisoner, to be sure.


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