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Judge Accused of Making Threats

January 15, 1998

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) _ A judge has been accused at a disciplinary hearing this week of making vulgar and threatening calls to a fellow judge, touching her chest and signing court documents ``Adolf Hitler.″

A Douglas County judge for 10 years, Richard Jones also allegedly set bail at ``a zillion dollars,″ tossed lighted firecrackers into another judge’s office and performed two weddings after he had been suspended in November.

Fellow Judge Jan Prochaska testified Thursday that Jones brushed against her chest in an elevator in 1994 and shoved her against a wall of the same elevator a year later.

``I didn’t know what to do. I was so stunned that a fellow judge had done this to me,″ Ms. Prochaska said on the fourth day of the hearing before the Nebraska Commission on Judicial Qualifications.

The commission will recommend punishment for Jones to the state Supreme Court. The high court’s punishment could range from a reprimand to removal from the bench.

Other judges are expected to testify as the hearing continues into next week.

Court employees testified this week that Jones had talked about killing Ms. Prochaska after she first reported his bizarre behavior to court administrators.

``He said he hated the woman and the hell that she was putting his family through, and that he would blow her away if it wasn’t for his family,″ Shirley Kort said.

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