Law Practice Management
Lawyer charged with felony intimidation over Facebook message to client’s ex-husband
Posted May 23, 2014 2:10 PM CDT
By Martha Neil
Attorney James Allen "Jim" Hanson says he was just trying to send a message to his client's ex-husband to expect a vigorous defense.
But his profanity-laced Facebook post to the man, which concludes "I've got you in my sights now," conveyed more, Indiana prosecutors say. They have charged the 41-year-old lawyer with felony intimidation, according to the Associated Press. If convicted in the Allen County case, he could get jail time and a fine of as much as $10,000.
WANE provides the full text of the Facebook post, which states:
"You pissed off the wrong attorney. You want to beat up women and then play games with the legal system … well then you will get exactly what you deserve. After I get [my client] out of jail I’m going to gather all the relevant evidence and them I’m going to anal rape you so hard your teeth come loose. I tried working with you with respect. Now I’m going to treat you like the pond scum you are. Watch your ass you little [expletive deleted]. I’ve got you in my sights now.”
Hanson admitted writing the post in a Fort Wayne police interview and said the language he used was equivalent to what his client's ex-husband had used, the station reports. However, he said he had not meant to threaten the man, but simply convey that he would gather all relevant evidence to defend his client.
Hanson represented his client in both the divorce and the misdemeanor domestic battery case brought against her by her ex-husband.