Former Mayoral Candidate Arrested for Threatening to Burn Down Judge’s Home

A man who ran unsuccessfully for Mayor of Livermore last year was sitting in a jail cell this week after allegedly threatening to burn down the home of a Contra Costa County judge.

The comments, made under the Facebook profile belonging to Joshua Laine, were posted in a group called California Family Advocacy which has accused Contra Costa judges of corruption, the Mercury News reports. 

Under a post that contained superior court Judge Jill Fannin‘s address, Laine wrote that “judges who violate the law get their houses burned down … just saying.”

Fannin, who was previously the target of a recall effort, reported the comment to law enforcement and asked for protection from local police. Laine was arrested and denied a request for release Monday.

Laine ran in 2018 on a platform of lower taxes and greater government accountability. His lawyer said Monday that his client has no vendetta against the judge and that his comment was not meant to be serious.


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