NY man arrested for threatening federal judge

[JURIST] A New York man was arrested on Tuesday after threatening to kill a federal judge and bomb his courthouse. Wazir Khan, 20, was charged with threatening to kill an individual and destroy the Brooklyn federal courthouse, according to federal prosecutors. If convicted, Khan faces up to 10 years a fine of $250,000 on each of the two counts. Khan's arrest adds to the growing concern about the safety of judges in the US. The past two months have seen the murders of the parents of US District Judge Joan Lefkow [JURIST report] in Chicago, and the Atlanta shooting deaths [JURIST report] of Judge Rowland Barnes in a state courtroom. Khan claimed in threatening letters to have smuggled a gun into the courthouse with which he planned to massacre its judges, according to the complaint. He said that he knew where US District Judge Raymond Dearie lived and threatened to murder him "by the end of the month." Khan added that he planned to carry out the murders "just like Atlanta." Reuters has more.

 

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