CRIMINALS ACCUSED OF THREATENING JUDGES BEING ARRESTED TODAY
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MAY 13 2022
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Eugene Delgaudio, president of Public Advocate said:
Thank you to authorities responding in Virginia and Maryland and the U.S. Senate for asking for investigations, arrests and charges being brought in the threats against U.S. Supreme Court justices active in recent days.
Public Advocate is directly alerting communities and protesters of the laws being broken on the federal and state level which law enforcement must uphold. (see elsewhere on publicadvocateusa.org).
We welcome active documentation, investigation, and charging those directly responsible for threats against the Supreme Court Justices at their homes today," said Delgaudio.
Federal, state and local authorities are prosecuting accused criminals who threaten Judges in the United States and as part of our public outreach and education Public Advocate posts just a few of the accusations, convictions and sentencing in recent days.
A Cook County judge on Thursday handed down a $5,000 bond for a Lincoln Park man accused of threatening to shoot Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx and hang them both from trees if they didn't "start getting tough on crime."
Christopher Tatlock, 32, appeared in bond court before Judge Maryam Ahmad on Thursday afternoon. He is charged with two counts of threatening a public official and two counts of a hate crime, both felonies. His case is being prosecuted by the Illinois attorney general's office because the alleged threat involves Cook County's top prosecutor.
Cortez Rice, 32, is accused of livestreaming himself at a home he believed belonged to Hennepin County District Judge Regina Chu.
A Minnesota man was arrested and charged with harassing the judge presiding over the trial of Kim Potter after he livestreamed himself entering a building he believed to be her home, police said.
The man, Cortez Rice, 32, was part of a group of protesters who gathered outside a home they believed Judge Regina Chu lived in on Nov. 6, demanding that cameras and audio devices be allowed in the courtroom for the trial, according to a criminal complaint filed in Hennepin County.
Potter, a former Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, police officer, is charged with first- and second-degree manslaughter in the fatally shooting of Daunte Wright, a Black motorist, when she confused her handgun for her Taser during a traffic stop in April. Opening statements are set for Wednesday.
A current inmate at the Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC) faces a new felony after mailing a threatening letter to the Ingham County judge who sentenced him in 2016, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel announced today.
Christopher Shenberger is convicted of multiple counts of criminal sexual conduct and is currently serving a 75-180-month prison sentence. Ingham County Circuit Court Judge Joyce Draganchuk sentenced him for those charges in Sept. 2016.
The Department alleges Shenberger sent a threatening letter to Draganchuk in Dec. 2021 related to his inability to be considered for parole because he did not complete a required sex offender program while incarcerated.
The letter was addressed to the judge by using obscenities in place of her full name. It also stated in part that if Shenberger was required to serve his maximum sentence, he will put "everyone's name on that docket" on a slip of paper and it will "go into a jar or whatever and who's ever name [is picked] up will be killed plain and simple... because I really do not give a rat's ass on who dies that I pick, someone's going and I'll get my revenge one-way-or-the-other."
Given Draganchuk serves in Ingham County, the case was referred to the Department of Attorney General.
"We continue to see people cross the line between airing grievances and criminal behavior," Nessel said. "I refuse to normalize threatening rhetoric and I will continue to vigorously pursue anyone who threatens elected leaders."
SACRAMENTO - Federal prosecutors have filed charges against an incarcerated man alleging that he mailed threats to a federal judge who'd previously ruled on his failed petition to overturn his convictions, court records show.
Dylan Corral, 30, faces charges of threatening a federal judge in Sacramento who is identified in court records by the initials KJN. The only federal judge in Sacramento with those initials is U.S. Magistrate Judge Kendall J. Newman, a 2010 appointee.
In 2017, Newman denied a petition filed by Corral, seeking to overturn his convictions for making criminal threats, assault with a deadly weapon, and vandalism. Newman ruled that prosecution witnesses had been properly admitted and rejected Corral's assertion that his appeal attorney was incompetent, court records show.
Corral - who is being held in the California Medical Facility in Stockton - has taken several legal actions from prison while acting as his own attorney, including civil rights suits and the habeas petition. He has been denied early release for the past two years, prison records show.
A Newton County man is charged with making threats to State Supreme Court Justices.
Indiana State Police said they were contacted in late February by State Capitol Police about the threats.
They said David Wayne Goetz II sent threatening emails to the Justices on multiple occasions through April.
In one case, Goetz allegedly said "I am serious. I will kill you people now for violating my rights of a fair trial of all my charges of the state of Indiana."
Other emails threatened a "bloodbath," and said Goetz had the right to kill every single cop and judge in the country."
A man accused of ranting for 30 minutes on the phone about the Putnam County court system and threatening to shoot everyone so someone would listen to him was sentenced to prison.
Danny Ray Schoolcraft, 62, of Hurricane was sentenced Thursday by Kanawha County Circuit Court Judge Maryclaire Akers to three years in prison. The judge gave him credit for 322 days.
In December 2019, Schoolcraft was charged with threats of terroristic acts.
According to a criminal complaint, a trooper spoke with a Putnam County Courthouse bailiff who had just heard from the head of security at the state Supreme Court who said the court had received a threatening phone call from Schoolcraft.
The United States Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced today that Mohamed Farah, age 32, of Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, was indicted by a federal grand jury for threatening the President and a former President.
According to United States Attorney John C. Gurganus, the indictment alleges that in January 2022, Farah, who is a citizen of Somalia, threatened to assassinate President Biden. The indictment further alleges that Farah threatened to assassinate former President Trump if he runs for reelection.
An Essex County, New Jersey, man was arrested today for threatening to injure a federal judge, Acting U.S. Attorney Rachael A. Honig announced.
Jonathan D. Williams, 46, of Newark, New Jersey, is charged by criminal complaint with making a threat to assault and murder a United States judge. Williams is scheduled to have his initial appearance Nov. 4, 2021, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Edward S. Kiel.
According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:
On Nov. 1, 2021, Williams called a U.S. District Court judge in the District of New Jersey at least two times at the judge's chambers phone number. The first call was answered by the courtroom deputy for the judge in the judge's chambers. Williams spoke to the courtroom deputy concerning a civil suit that Williams filed and that is presently before the judge. Williams stated that he needed to get the case in front of a jury immediately in order "to get my settlement." Williams called the judge's chambers a second time and spoke to one of the judge's law clerks. While discussing issues related to his case, he stated: "Before the snow starts falling on my head, I'm gonna put a bullet in the Judge's brain . . . he's a scumbag."
Rayshiaun Mann, 35, is charge with intimidation, retaliation and telephone harassment.
Mann made 49 phone calls to Summit County Judge Cook's court, threatening to kill her. He also stated that he is a threat to the justice system.
19 Action News has learned Mann recently had court case that was handled by Judge Cook.