A New Jersey man has been busted for threatening a federal judge who he thought was “avoiding and stonewalling” his court cases, the US Attorney’s Office announced Monday.
William Kaetz, 56, was accused Sunday of sending multiple threatening letters, emails, and voice messages to the unnamed judge beginning last month — calling the jurist a “traitor” and threatening to make his home address public, according to a federal complaint.
“I will try my best not to harm the traitor Judge (Judge-1) but like I said, (Judge-1) is a traitor and needs to be delt (sic) with,” Kaetz allegedly wrote in an email to the judge on Sunday. “The case must be opened and move forward now. This needs to be done now….”
Kaetz’s harassment campaign allegedly began on Sept. 18, when he left a voicemail at the judge’s chambers saying he had “a couple of cases” pending and that they were “ripe” for judgment, the complaint said.
On Sept. 24, federal investigators interviewed Kaetz after he mailed a letter to the judge’s home, pushing to have the cases resolved.
Then, on Sunday, he was arrested after the judge received a threatening email on a personal account.
Kaetz was charged with making an interstate communication containing a threat to injure a person and threatening to assault and murder a federal judge, the US Attorney’s Office in New Jersey said in a press release.
The Paramus man is involved in several lawsuits filed in local and federal courts, including cases involving child support and a dispute over the purchase of a car, the Daily Voice said in a report Monday.
The case follows a July attack on a federal judge at her home in New Jersey, where an attorney disguised as a deliveryman fatally shot her son and severely wounded her husband.