CONSPIRACY THEORIST SENTENCED FOR MAKING CRIMINAL THREATS AGAINST TWO ORANGE COUNTY JUDGES

OCDASeal

Orange County District Attorney
Press Release


Tony Rackauckas, District Attorney
401 Civic Center Drive West
Santa Ana, CA 92701

For Immediate Release
Case # 06CF2978

December 3, 2007

Contact:

Farrah Emami
Spokesperson
Office: 714-347-8405
Cell: 714-323-4486

CONSPIRACY THEORIST SENTENCED
FOR MAKING CRIMINAL THREATS AGAINST
TWO ORANGE COUNTY JUDGES

SANTA ANA – A conspiracy theorist who believed two judges were conspiring against him was sentenced today for making criminal threats against them in person and by e-mail. Bruce Richard Senator, 52, Stanton, was sentenced today to six years and four months in state prison. Senator was convicted on June 25, 2007 of two felony counts of making a threat of injury to an officer and two felony counts of making criminal threats. Senator has served six years in prison for a prior conviction for making criminal threats against a judge, commissioner, and attorney in 1997.

 

In the late 1980s Senator sustained a back injury at work and filed a workers compensation claim. The defendant was unhappy with the ruling on his claim and appealed the case, continuing to engage the court in litigation for 18 years.

 

Between April 1, 2006 and September 20, 2006, Senator made criminal threats against two State Workers Compensation judges in Orange County whom he felt were part of a conspiracy against him. In the presence of two attorneys in Judge William Whiteley’s chambers, the defendant made remarks that he was unhappy with the Judge’s decisions regarding his case. In response to what he deemed unfavorable decisions, Senator told the Judge that during his time in prison he developed contacts that could help him facilitate any punishment that he requested.

 

During this time the defendant also threatened Judge Norman Delaterre in a series of e-mails sent to attorneys working on Senator’s case. Senator wrote that he believed Delaterre to be a terrorist and would have to punish him accordingly. The e-mails were turned over to law enforcement and the Court.

 

Deputy District Attorney Andre Manssourian of the Special Prosecutions Unit prosecuted this case.

 

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