Man jailed, charged for threatening a judge - KCTV5

EXCLUSIVE

Man jailed, charged for threatening a judge

Posted: Updated:
OVERLAND PARK, KS (KCTV) -

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.

Copyright 2014 KCTV (Meredith Corp.). All rights reserved.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Missouri man charged with felony after alleged racial slur

    Missouri man charged with felony after alleged racial slur

    Thursday, January 29 2015 11:44 PM EST2015-01-30 04:44:07 GMT
    A 65-year-old Maryville man is charged with felony assault after he allegedly confronted a black server as she served him breakfast. The man is accused of assaulting her and using racially insensitive language.More >
    A 65-year-old Maryville man is charged with felony assault after he allegedly confronted a black server as she served him breakfast. The man is accused of assaulting her and using racially insensitive language. More >
  • Judge clears courtroom after victims' family members yell at Tamika Pledger

    Judge clears courtroom after victims' family members yell at Tamika Pledger

    Wednesday, May 24 2017 5:36 PM EDT2017-05-24 21:36:53 GMT

    A woman charged with killing a teen and hurting three others took the stand Wednesday, and it caused chaos in a Wyandotte County courtroom.

    More >

    A woman charged with killing a teen and hurting three others took the stand Wednesday, and it caused chaos in a Wyandotte County courtroom.

    More >
  • School officials advise parents after Raytown students witness body hanging

    School officials advise parents after Raytown students witness body hanging

    Wednesday, May 24 2017 11:37 PM EDT2017-05-25 03:37:10 GMT

    While riding home from school on their bus, students from Raytown Middle School witnessed a body hanging.  School officials are telling parents in response to monitor their child's behavior.  Ruth Manu's grandchildren were heading for the front door when a police detective stopped them.  He alerted the family a body was found hanging just steps away. Police say the person committed suicide.  “I feel for the parent," Manu said. "I hope they ...

    More >

    While riding home from school on their bus, students from Raytown Middle School witnessed a body hanging.  School officials are telling parents in response to monitor their child's behavior.  Ruth Manu's grandchildren were heading for the front door when a police detective stopped them.  He alerted the family a body was found hanging just steps away. Police say the person committed suicide.  “I feel for the parent," Manu said. "I hope they ...

    More >
Powered by Frankly
KCTV 5 News

Online Public File:
KCTV  KSMO

Powered by WorldNow CNN
All content © 2017, KCTV; Kansas City, MO. (A Meredith Corporation Station) . All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.