On the surface, many people don’t understand that every judge has a dangerous job. After all, this is the person who often times decides the fate of others. According to a recent report by MySanAntonio.com, state District Judge Angus McGinty was recently targeted by a hit man. For this reason, the judge, along with his family, received a security detail for several days.
Authorities did a great job in finding out that an inmate in jail for murder reached out to a hit man as a means of getting revenge on the judge. Here is what Bexar County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Paul Berry had to say:
“As soon as we learned of the threat to Judge McGinty, we took immediate action.”
It is good to see that local authorities were so intent on getting McGinty the security he needed during this dangerous time. Fortunately, it was not long before the alleged hit man wound up in jail on an unrelated charge. What caused the trouble? While it is hard to say for sure, McGinty believes the problem between himself and Jeffery Brian Spaulding stems from holding him without bail “upon finding that he had removed a ceiling tile from a courthouse holding cell — possibly to crawl into the ceiling space or to attack a bailiff.”
According to McGinty, Spaulding asked another inmate if he would kill the judge if he helped him get out of jail. While the finer details of the arrangement are not available, it appears that the alleged hit man agreed. At this point, both men deny any involvement. Nonetheless, law enforcement officials used up resources to assign a 24 hour security detail to McGinty for three days.
Now do you see how dangerous it can be to work as a judge? In many cases, it is just as dangerous as being a law enforcement official.