A Paramus gentleman arrested final year for threatening a federal judge was sentenced to 16 months in jail on Monday
William Kaetz, 57, was accused of sending letters and emails that repeated called a U.S. District Court docket Judge a “traitor” and threatened to release a household tackle.
“[Judge-I] is a Traitor and that has a demise sentence, I would relatively use the pen than the sword, but… there will occur a time to just take down all those people that fall short to do their work …. and that will be individuals like the traitor [Judge-I],” Kaetz mentioned in an Oct. 18 email, according to prosecutors.
The New Jersey Globe has discovered the decide in issue but is withholding their title about privacy and protection concerns. Court data have redacted the judge’s title.
The incident came months following a gunman posing as a mailman tried to assassinate U.S. District Courtroom Decide Esther Salas, killing the judge’s son and critically wounding her husband.
New Jersey’s point out and federal lawmakers have released costs that would criminalize the release of judges’ private data and shield these kinds of information from disclosure.
“I will try my ideal not to hurt the traitor Choose [Judge-I] but like I claimed, [Judge-I] is a traitor and needs to be delt [sic] with,” Kaetz reported.
The Paramus resident sought to speak to the decide two times just before sending the Oct. 18 electronic mail. On Sept. 24, he despatched a letter to the judge’s residence, prompting questioning from authorities. Kaetz instructed investigators he wished the decide to recuse from the circumstance, further expressing anger with delays to his circumstance.
On Sept. 30, he remaining a voicemail at the judge’s business office once more expressing anger with court docket delays and demanding the judge recuse and be taken out from the bench.
A several months later, he was threatening to release the judge’s residence tackle.
“The traitor Choose [Judge-I] lives at [FULL ADDRESS REDACTED],” Kaetz mentioned in the Oct. 18 email, in accordance to authorities. “Stop by and request [Judge-I] why [Judge-I] is stonewalling my case. [Judge-I’s] dwelling tackle will turn into general public information pretty shortly and God is aware who has a grievance and what will occur after that.”
In a plea arrangement, Kaetz withdrew his not guilty plea on Monday and admitted to a person rely of making proscribing private facts publicly out there.
The court advisable that Kaetz be transferred to the Essex County Correction facility “or someplace near to Paramus” and gave him credit history for the 9 months he’s now served awaiting disposition of the prices.
Kaetz ought to spend 180 days on household detention with an digital monitoring technique. He is not permitted to have any call with the target or a member of the victim’s household. He is also banned from studying the target and family associates on the Web.
The judge purchased the FBI to demolish sixteen rounds of ammunition seized from his residence previous Oct, and that a rifle also taken off from the Paramus household will be produced to one of Kaetz’s kinfolk.
Moreover, Kaetz will face a few a long time of supervised launch and spend a $5,000 great.
The situation against Kaetz was moved to a further state since other judges in the District of New Jersey have been serving with the victim.