A California man was arrested and charged with threatening to burn down a Contra Costa Judge’s house after leaving a comment on Facebook. Joshua Laine, 34, replied to a post on the California Family Advocacy’s page. According to Contra Costa Deputy District Attorney Jordan Sanders, the group listed the judge’s address in one of their posts, to which Laine allegedly commented that “judges who violate the law get their houses burned down…just saying.”
Believing that Laine meant to do something to her home, the superior court judge contacted law enforcement and requested police protection. Laine was arrested.
Attorney Thomas Daly, who is representing Laine, said that the comment was not a serious threat. Although the man had filed lawsuits against other judges in Contra Costa County, he did not have any direct legal issues with the superior court judge and had no quarrel with her.
Since his arrest, Laine has been held in custody on a $275,000 bail. Daly argued that the amount was excessive and, citing a Supreme Court ruling that a defendant shouldn’t be kept in jail because they are unable to afford bail, argued that it should be lowered. Although he stated that Laine would adhere to all terms if released on bail, Sanders claimed that the man already showed disrespect for the court by allegedly threatening a judge and was a flight risk. Retired Judge Michael Nail, asserted that the bail was reasonable.
Laine is scheduled to appear in court again on July 23, 2019.
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