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Woman pleads not guilty to retaliation



Published: Fri, April 15, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



The defendant was allowed to post 10 percent of $250,000 bond.

YOUNGSTOWN -- A trial date was set for June in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court for Nora K. Anthony, who is charged with threatening a common pleas judge.

At her arraignment Thursday before Judge James C. Evans, Anthony, 56, of Coitsville Road, Campbell, entered an innocent plea to the charge of retaliation, a third-degree felony.

The charge says she threatened to retaliate by force against a public servant involved in a civil or criminal case, in this instance Judge Maureen A. Sweeney. She could face from one to five years in prison. Judge Evans agreed to allow her to post 10 percent of her $250,000 cash bond to get out of the county jail. She had not done so by late Thursday afternoon. She has retained Atty. David J. Gerchak to represent her.

The case is assigned to Judge Jack M. Durkin, with the trial set for 1:30 p.m. June 8.

A Mahoning County grand jury indicted Anthony on the retaliation charge last week. A report from the county sheriff's department said Anthony repeatedly threatened to "drive a white truck to the county courthouse and take out Judge Sweeney."

Judge Maureen A. Cronin of common pleas court, Sgt. Lenny Sliwinski of the sheriff's department, and an employee in the common pleas court's assignment office heard the threat on April 6.

Anthony said the charge was "a lie" at her arraignment April 7 in Youngstown Municipal Court. Judge Robert Milich of municipal court ordered her to undergo a competency examination and to have no contact with Judge Sweeney.




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