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FBI Arrests White Va. Man for Threatening “To Start Killing Off White Judges”

U.S. District Judge Matthew Perry

U.S. District Judge Matthew Perry

By Allan Lengel
WASHINGTON – The FBI arrested a Virginia man Wednesday for threatening to “start killing off white judges” and trying to intimidate a South Carolina federal judge hearing his civil case alleging wrongful arrest and malicious prosecution.

Stephen H. Rosenberg, 51, who is white, was arrested without incident at his home in Alexandria, Va., the FBI said. He was indicted on July 7.

According to a three-page indictment filed in Columbia, S.C., Rosenberg sent a rambling email on April 6, 2009 to Judge  Matthew Perry Jr., South Carolina’s first African American U.S. District Judge,  that included these excerpts:

“As you know, my father Col. (U.S. Army) Kermit H. Rosenberg will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery today…..I strongly urge you to immediately do your job as a U.S. District Court Judge and immediately provide me with Justice. I hope you don’t agree with the advice I received from many of my former fellow inmates who are of the same race as you that the “ONLY WAY” I am going to be able to achieve justice is “TO START KILLING OFF WHITE JUDGES.”.

An FBI press release said Rosenberg appeared before Judge Perry on his civil suit earlier this year and had sent him a number of emails including the threatening one on April 6.

According to federal court records, Rosenberg filed a lawsuit in 2006 against the state of South Carolina and the Beaufort Co. Sheriff’s Department and its members alleging false arrest and malicious prosecution.

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