Feds: NJ Man Arrested for Threats to Assault, Murder a Federal Judge
A man from North Jersey is in trouble with the law for allegedly threatening to assault and murder a federal judge.
Authorities say 46-year-old Jonathan D. Williams of Newark was arrested on Wednesday. He is scheduled to have an initial court appearance, before a different judge, today.
Acting U.S. Attorney Rachael Honig's office says on Monday, Williams called a U.S. District Court judge at least two times. The first call was reportedly about a civil suit that was before the judge. The second, "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.'"
Later Monday, officials say Williams again contacted the judge’s chambers, this time as members of the U.S. Marshals Service were present. Honig says, "Williams directed sexually-explicit, profane, and racially-disparaging remarks at [an] employee. Williams then stated: 'You’ll see! You’ll lose your job when I kill your boss.' Williams then repeated the threat a second time before the call ended."
The next day,
"Williams arrived at the entrance of a law firm office in Newark. When he entered the lobby, two security guards who were present denied Williams entry into the law office. Williams pulled down a protective mask he was wearing over his mouth and nose and identified himself by name as “Jonathan Williams.” Williams told the security guards that he was “going to blow the judge’s brains out.” Williams then repeated the threat before leaving the law office lobby."
The charge of making threats to assault and murder a federal judge could put Williams behind bars for a decade with a $250,000 fine.
The public is reminded that charges are accusations and all persons are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.