Threatened profession

August 4, 2009
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A Hendricks County man is sitting in jail right now after threatening to kill two judges, an attorney, and others. He was allegedly upset about a protective order issued against him, so he decided to make threats about shooting people involved in the order, including two Hendricks County judges.

While these types of incidents are rare, Indiana has had a few known threats or attacks on attorneys or judges in the last couple years. The man who tried to throw a Fort Wayne attorney over the fourth-floor railing of the Tippecanoe County courthouse in 2007 was convicted of criminal confinement last week. Last summer, an attorney was kidnapped by a disgruntled client and thankfully escaped unharmed.

As an attorney or judge, how do these types of cases affect you? Do you shake them off, thinking that it comes with the territory or do these stories make you more cautious or perhaps a little paranoid?
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