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Posted: Wednesday, May 1, 2013 7:00 pm

Circuit Judge Keith Sutherland on Friday canceled a pending trial date for Jeffrey Weinhaus, who is facing multiple charges stemming from an armed confrontation with Missouri Highway Patrol investigators last September in Franklin County.

Judge Sutherland granted the motion Friday after Hugh A. Eastwood, St. Louis, entered his appearance as Weinhaus’ attorney in the case and requested the trial continuance, according to online court documents.

The trial had been scheduled to begin Tuesday.

Weinhaus is charged in a grand jury indictment with interfering with a judicial official, felony possession of a controlled substance as well as resisting arrest and assault of law enforcement officers who were attempting to serve an arrest warrant on the man Sept. 11, 2012.

Weinhaus was wounded in the confrontation when he allegedly reached for a handgun.

Weinhaus has been held in the county jail since last November on alternate bonds of $50,000 cash-only, or $250,000 surety.

The trial continuance was granted a day after a raucous pretrial hearing on Thursday where Weinhaus, acting as his own counsel, claimed he was the victim of a “corrupt criminal justice system,” and at one point called the court a “show circus.”

At one point in Thursday’s proceedings Judge Sutherland told Weinhaus he would be gagged if continued with outbursts in court.

“This court’s a mockery,” Weinhaus replied. “If this continues in the trial, I will have to be gagged, so how would I defend myself?”

A longtime anti-law enforcement, anti-government Internet blogger, Weinhaus initially was under investigation for allegedly making threats against a judge in Crawford County.

In September, Weinhaus was involved in a confrontation with Highway Patrol officers at the MFA Station on Highway K south of St. Clair.

The two patrol investigators set up the meeting at the station on the pretext of returning Weinhaus’ computers that had been seized earlier in the investigation into the tampering allegation. They allege that they fired after Weinhaus refused to get on the ground and started reaching for a handgun that was in a holster.

A Franklin County grand jury later issued indictments charging Weinhaus who was arrested last November at his first court appearance after recovering from his wounds.

At a bond hearing in January, Weinhaus, during questioning, admitted that when troopers had ordered him to lie down on the ground, he told them they would have to shoot him.

That admission is corroborated in a tape recording said to be made by Weinhaus’ ex-wife during the confrontation. Authorities said Weinhaus was talking on his cellphone at the time.

The Highway Patrol obtained the recording which since has been released on the Internet.

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