Man Indicted for Threatening Judge in Handwritten Letter, DOJ Says

GREENVILLE, S.C. — A man from Greenville, South Carolina, has been indicted for allegedly threatening a federal judge in a handwritten letter, according to court documents. The United States Department of Justice announced that Alvin Bernard Parks, 42, has been charged with two counts of sending a threatening letter to the judge. The letter specifically named a judge from the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina.

The letter, which was addressed to the judge, contained alarming statements. An excerpt from the letter stated, “I have watched you leave the courthouse numerous times and plotted to get my revenge.” It further stated, “you best to make sure they lock me away for good cause I’m going to kill you or blow that courthouse up.” The return address on the letter was identified as Alvin Parks, and it originated from the Greenville County Detention Center where Parks is currently being held, as confirmed by the Department of Justice.

Adair F. Boroughs, the U.S. Attorney for the District of South Carolina, emphasized the importance of protecting public officials from harm. “Our public officials should have the freedom to carry out their work without fear of harm,” Boroughs stated. “Targeted and violent threats like this will be prosecuted in the District of South Carolina.”

The case is now under investigation by the FBI Columbia Field Office, and Assistant U.S. Attorney Max Cauthen will be leading the prosecution. It is crucial to ensure the safety of judges and other public officials and to hold individuals accountable for threatening their lives. Threats against public officials are taken seriously and will be dealt with according to the law in the District of South Carolina.

This incident highlights the need for increased security measures to protect individuals within the justice system. It serves as a reminder that safety precautions are necessary to safeguard the well-being of judges and other personnel involved in the judicial process.

The potential consequences of such threats are far-reaching, as they not only endanger the lives of those targeted but also undermine the proper functioning of the justice system. Threats against judges erode public trust and confidence in the judiciary, posing a profound threat to the rule of law.

As the case unfolds, it is hoped that justice will be served, sending a clear message that threats against public officials will not be tolerated. The safety and security of those responsible for upholding the law must be upheld to maintain the integrity of the judicial system.