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Man jailed, charged for threatening a judge

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A man is being held on a $1 million bond after he was accused of threatening a local judge.

Authorities said the Redfield, KS, man got so angry about what happened inside an Overland Park municipal courtroom that he made a serious threat that landed him in jail.

"These threats were particularly vicious and violent, and all threats are taken very seriously, but the anger expressed certainly triggered the response," said Overland Park Police Chief John Douglass.

They were threats against Municipal Court Judge Cynthia Cornwell, according to police. The words 23-year-old Curtis Lear posted on a social media site were taken so seriously that immediate action was taken.

"While I won't go into detail about the tactics of what we did, you might imagine we provided her with security and made sure there was no capability for him or anyone else to carry out the threats," Douglass said.

Because the case is in the hands of prosecutors, police won't talk about the details of the threats. Lear was in Cornwell's court room on Friday for two traffic charges: driving on a suspended license and no proof of insurance.

Officials say Lear was given a $300 fine and was allowed to set up a payment plan in case he couldn't pay it all at once. But later that day he's accused of posting threats so disturbing someone who saw the posts contacted police.

"Judges have to operate in an environment that is independent where there's no fear of coercion. So threats against a judge are extremely serious and potentially devastating," Douglass said.

Lear is set to be back in district court on March 27.

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