Joe Francis Skips Hearing (*cough*)

Girls Gone Wild founder Joe Francis continues to make headlines. Francis did not make a scheduled hearing on yesterday as part of his federal tax evasion case.

Francis reportedly claimed that he was sick (*cough*) but some wonder if there might not be more to the story. Francis was scheduled to appear pro se because he lacks legal counsel. After being ditched by The Bernhoft Law Firm, Francis wooed Munger, Tolles & Olson as his new counsel; the latter has allegedly decided not to rep the troubled porn king.

Francis’ case is set to begin next month, and my guess is that US District Judge S. James Otero will not be amused by Francis’ antics. The Judge issued a bench warrant for Francis’ arrest last night and Francis is said to have spent the night at the Metropolitan Detention Center.