Man Admits Threatening to Murder Federal Judge

A Queens man admitted Friday that he threatened to kill a federal judge and use a bomb to blow up the federal courthouse in Brooklyn.

The defendant, Wazir Khan, 20, has been held since his arrest in April 2005, less than a month after Eastern District Judge Raymond Dearie received several threats via letter and telephone.

Khan pleaded to knowingly and willfully making a threat, via a phone, to harm a federal judge and destroy a building, in violation of 18 U.S.C. §844(e) and 3551.

He faces between 57 and 71 months in prison, according to the calculations of federal prosecutors, and a fine of up to $250,000.

Khan was trying to "intimidate" Judge Dearie, who was overseeing the prosecution of Khan's mother for credit card fraud. Details here from the New York Law Journal via