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Divorce Client’s Ex-Spouse Charged with Harassing Lawyer, Allegedly Sent Email re Unrelated Shooting

Posted Oct 15, 2012 11:30 AM CDT
By Martha Neil

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A Connecticut man was criminally charged last week after allegedly sending a threatening email to a Waterbury matrimonial lawyer who survived being shot four times by a client's estranged husband in 2005 outside a state courthouse in Middletown. The shooter, who was a retired state trooper, shot and killed his wife in the attack and subsequently committed suicide.

Now Michael Maher, 47, has been charged with harassment after authorities said he told the lawyer, Julie Porzio, in a September email that it was "too bad that cop didn't have a better shot," reports the Republican-American (sub. req.).

Porzio represented Maher's ex-wife during the couple's 2010 divorce.

Related coverage:

ABAJournal.com: "Shot by Client’s Husband Outside Courthouse, Lawyer Settles with City, Pursues $25M State Claim"

ABC News: "Divorce Case Takes a Shocking Turn"

Updated at 5:35 p.m. to reword headline.

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