A man who threatened to assassinate Judge Sullivan over the Michael Flynn case is about to be sentenced.

Frank Caporusso left a voicemail with Chambers threatening: "A hot piece of lead will cut through your skull."

Background via @LambeJerry

Thread lawandcrime.com/high-profile/m…
Caporusso's voicemail is now being played in court.

This is a transcript.
Prosecutor reads a victim statement from Judge Sullivan:

"I never thought that one day, I would write a victim impact statement," Sullivan says, adding he listened to many in his career.

Sullivan: The defendant before you threatened to murder me because of my judicial decisions
Sullivan says the voicemail "shocked" and "terrified" him.

He says he won't recommend a sentence, saying that's Judge McFadden's job. He says that he requested the playing of the voicemail in court.
Caporusso's lawyer says his client was addicted to opioids and then was drinking heavily.

"He was also under an enormous amount of stress from his job."
Caporusso: "I am here in court today to answer to the law."
Caporusso: "I am not a man that would harm anyone."

"I asked myself, 'How could I have done such a thing?'"

He describes his struggle with pain medication since an injury and an increase in his drinking, though he says he does not excuse what he's done.
Caporusso's voice cracks as he speaks of his "shame and remorse" and how the case affects his wife.
Judge McFadden tears into Caporusso's "despicable" threats.

"Judicial robes aren't bulletproof," he notes.
McFadden says of Sullivan: "He is a patriot. He did not deserve this."
“It was nothing less than an attack on our system of government.”

Judge sentences Caporusso to 1.5 years in prison for threatening to kill jurist who presided over Michael Flynn's case. lawandcrime.com/high-profile/m…

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