Friday, November 19, 2010

Marine to face charges he threatened judge

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

A U.S. Marine charged with threatening an Allegheny County Family Court judge on Facebook will have to face the counts against him.

Seth Miller, 20, is charged with retaliation against a judicial officer, after posting threats in June against Judge David N. Wecht in a Facebook conversation with his brother.

At the time, Mr. Miller was deployed to Afghanistan. He was angry because Judge Wecht signed off on an order granting Mr. Miller's wife support, and the courts seized $5,000 from his bank account.

Mr. Miller is stationed in Fort Lejeune, N.C.

Judge Wecht testified at a hearing on Wednesday that he learned about the threat when it was brought to his attention by a sheriff's office commander.

Mr. Miller's defense attorney, James DePasquale, asked Common Pleas Judge Jeffrey A. Manning to dismiss the charges against his client, saying he never had personal contact with the judge and that there wasn't enough evidence to support them.

Judge Manning disagreed.

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