An alleged Detroit slumlord who is accused of plotting to kill two judges once was sentenced to live “in his own squalor,” the Detroit Free Press says. A judge ordered landlord Harry Javens to live in his own run-down apartments for nearly a month. It didn’t work. Last week, Javens was issued citations for building code violations–the latest in a long pattern of neglect of his properties and tenants, the Free Press reports.
Javens was charged with trying to arrange the assassinations of 43rd District Court judges Keith Hunt and Robert Turner — both of whom had jailed him on previous violations. Javens is in jail without bond; his attorney says he is not guilty.
Oakland County Circuit Court records list 80 cases involving Javens. “Javens is infamous for his appeals,” said the city manager of a town near Detroit. “He challenges ordinances and tries to come across as some sort of libertarian. . . . He’s a master at delay and obfuscation.”