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Judge Warned in 2007 That Suspect Arrested Last Week in Wash. Courthouse Attack Could Be 'A Threat'


A Washington state judge warned in a 2007 letter that a man arrested last week in an attack on another judge and a sheriff’s deputy “could become a threat.”

Grays Harbor County District Court Stephen Brown wrote that Steven Daniel Kravetz, who was then a defendant in a domestic-violence assault case in which the claimed victim was his own mother, had written a letter that concerned the judge, reports the Seattle Times.

“Although there is no directly threatening language in the letter, the court is concerned that Mr. Kravetz could become a threat to counsel and the court,” Brown wrote in the July 2007 missive to the prosecutor and the defendant’s lawyer in the domestic-violence case, Robert Ehrhardt.

Last week, authorities say, Kravetz stabbed and shot a sheriff’s deputy who responded to a complaint of a suspicious person at the county courthouse and stabbed a judge who came to her aid.

Kravetz, 34, is being held in lieu of $750,000 bail on two counts of first-degree assault.

A previous ABAJournal.com post details what allegedly occurred:

Calls from Lawyer and Mom Lead to Arrest of Suspect in Wash. Courthouse Attack on Judge, Deputy

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