A Mercer Island attorney has been charged with threatening to kill a Seattle Municipal Court judge.
The Seattle Times reports that 40-year-old John C. Siegel is accused of felony harassment. He was booked into King County jail Friday night. Bail is set at $1.5 million.
Siegel appeared before Judge Kim Kondo March 10 on an unrelated assault charge. A probable-cause statement says that when the judge set a court date, Siegel told her he would not show up. The judge then raised his bail. When Siegel tried to leave the courtroom, he was taken into custody.
According to the probable-cause statement, Siegel reportedly told a bail company employee who paid his bail that he would kill the judge.
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The case was first reported by the Seattle Weekly.