July 19, 2021
Two articles about death threats. First, the son of a retired state judge threatening members of congress is charged and the other, a family member in court for a criminal trial finger gesturing to a witness receives nearly 3 years in jail.
Meanwhile in Texas, a lawyer can threaten two elders with serious but false accusations with impunity. That lawyer is Austin attorney Mark Daniel Hopkins of Hopkins Law, PLLC and the Magistrate Judge Peter Bray joined in the assault on the innocent elder victims and his superior, Senior Judge David Hittner did nothing and neither did Judge Owen at the Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, who hears judicial complaints. Totally unacceptable.
Occupy Wall Street activist turned Queens Trump supporter threatened to kill prominent Dems: feds
JAN 19, 2021 | REPUBLISHED BY LIT: JAN 20, 2021
Talk about a one-eighty.
A Queens Occupy Wall Street activist who later became a Trump fanatic made online threats to murder House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Sen. Chuck Schumer and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, authorities said Tuesday.
Brendan Hunt, who works for New York State’s Office of Court Administration and is the son of a retired Family Court judge, was charged Tuesday with making the threats against elected officials over what he falsely claims was a stolen presidential election.
He was taken into custody after FBI agents raided his home on Gates Ave. in Ridgewood early Tuesday.
Two days after the deadly Jan. 6 storming of the U.S.. Capitol, which Hunt did not attend, he called on Trump supporters to return to Washington and “show up with our guns,” prosecutors allege.
“We need to go back to the U.S. Capitol when all of the senators and a lot of the representatives are back there, and this time we have to show up with our guns. And we need to slaughter these motherf—–s,” he said in an 88-second video titled “Kill your senators,” according to court papers.
“The so called inauguration of this motherf—er Communist Joe Biden . . . [T]hat’s probably the best time to do this,” he continued. “[T]hey’re gonna come after us, they’re gonna kill us, so we have to kill them first. … If anybody has a gun, give me it, I’ll go there myself and shoot them and kill them.”
Assistant U.S. Attorney David Kessler on Tuesday called Hunt’s threats a “chilling and escalating series of calls for direct violence against Congress over a month.”
“These threats would be grave under any circumstances, but they’re even more so in the volatile circumstances we find ourselves in today,” he said at Hunt’s arraignment in Brooklyn Federal Court on Tuesday afternoon.
Judge Ramon Reyes ordered that Hunt remain in custody until his trial. He faces 10 years behind bars if convicted.
Hunt is an assistant court analyst for the Office of Court Administration, according to public records. He was suspended without pay after his arrest Tuesday, an Office of Court Administration spokesman said.
His father, John Hunt, is a retired Queens Family Court judge, the spokesman said. John Hunt was in the courtroom on Tuesday and offered to sign a bond on his son’s behalf.
Hunt’s public defender, Leticia Olivera, argued for Hunt’s release, pointing out that the court had released Aaron Mostofsky — the son of another New York judge who was arrested last week for his role in the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol riot.
Hunt “had no plans to travel to Washington, D.C., to purchase weapons or to actually come into contact with any federal officials,” Olivera said. “The allegations in the complaint do not suggest anything other than a plan to make outlandish posts online from inside his home.”
On Dec. 6, Hunt, on his Facebook page, called on President Trump to “hold a public execution” of Pelosi, Schumer and Ocasio-Cortez, according to court papers.
“Trump, we want actual revenge on democrats,” Hunt wrote in the disturbing rant. “Meaning, we want you to hold a public execution of pelosi aoc schumer etc. And if you dont do it, the citizenry will.”
“We’re not voting in another rigged election,” he continued. “Start up the firing squads, mow down these commies, and lets take america back!”
That same day using the same Facebook account, in response to a Daily News story about a Staten Island pub owner who slammed his vehicle into a sheriff’s deputy to evade arrest over breaking COVID-19 regulations, Hunt went on a rant, the complaint says.
“Anyone enforcing this lockdown mask vaccine bulls–t deserves nothing less than a bullet in their f—–g head! Including cops!,” he wrote.
“If you’re going to shoot someone tho, go after a high value target like pelosi schumer or AOC,” he continued. “They really need to be put down. These commies will see death before they see us surrender! USA!!”
Hunt’s bizarre online rants are a far cry from his days in Manhattan’s Zuccotti Park, where he joined thousands of other occupiers nearly 10 years ago, according to his personal website X-Ray Ultra.
Since then, he has posted nine “Stop the Steal” videos on YouTube featuring a long-haired, bearded Hunt who gives a brief introduction before playing clips of Trump, Rudy Giuliani and other Republican politicians.
“This is a web series where we expose the coup attempt by the radical left in the U.S. using our 2020 presidential election,” he says in his latest upload Nov. 24 before showing footage from the Fox News show “Sunday Morning Futures With Maria Bartiromo,” who interviewed Giuliani about election fraud claims.
Federal law enforcement agents and officers swarmed Hunt’s Ridgewood block early Tuesday morning, neighbors said.
“I saw the police when I was picking up packages and the whole block was closed down,” said Martin Andreev, 22, who lives across the street from Hunt.
Brooklyn man who threatened trial witness with finger gun is sentenced to nearly 3 years in prison
JAN 20, 2021 | REPUBLISHED BY LIT: JAN 20, 2021
A Brooklyn man who tried to keep his cousin out of prison with a hand gesture, is now headed to the big house himself.
Kysheeq Randolph, 24, was sentenced to two years and nine months in prison Wednesday for threatening a witness in a 2019 federal case.
Randolph made a gun out of his fingers and pointed it at witness Ronell Peterkin in Devone Jefferys’s trial for a 2015 armed home invasion rape and robbery.
Peterkin participated in the robbery but cooperated with the feds.
After he made the finger firearm, Randolph pointed it to his head and then under his chin “to threaten the witness,” federal prosecutors said.
Jeffreys was found guilty and is serving an 18 year sentence.
“One day during the trial, he basically lost his cool and made a threatening gesture while a cooperating witness was testifying,” wrote his lawyer, Michael Sporn, in court papers in October. “In the wide spectrum of witness retaliation crimes, this incident is at the very lowest end.”
Sporn added that Randolph was in a bad mood after getting into an argument in the hallway of the courthouse with a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agent involved in the case.
The threatening gesture was so blatant that a law enforcement officer attending the trial noticed it. Randolph was arrested four days later. He pleaded guilty in February 2020.
He has since apologized.
“I am ashamed at the situation I am in,” he said in a court filing. “This case was an emotional mishap that should have never happened. It is time to take responsibility for my own actions.”