June 6th, 2009
09:00 AM ET
5 years ago

N.Y. man arrested after threatening Sotomayor

NEW YORK (CNN) – Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor isn't just facing tough scrutiny, she's the target of some peculiar death threats, too.

According to a complaint filed with the Manhattan District Attorney's office, John Zaubler "called 911 and stated that he was going to kill Judge Sonia Sotomayor by blowing her up."

The bizarre complaint charging Zaubler with one count of making a terrorist threat also says that his motive for the assassination was "because he did not want his girlfriend to have to go to prison," although it provides no further detail.

The complaint also states that Zaubler threatened to blow up President Barack Obama.

The 48-year-old New York resident allegedly made the call just after 10:30 p.m. on May 30. Zaubler was arraigned in Manhattan Criminal Court Friday via videoconference from the courtroom at Bellevue Hospital where he was being held, according to a report in Newsday.com.

He pleaded not guilty and was ordered to undergo psychiatric evaluation. Calls to Zaubler's attorney were not immediately returned.


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soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. Had It

    With so much of the rhetoric being spewed by the far-right wing would-be dictators in this country, other people's rights will be taken away.

    That's what they want – to dictate to everyone what a woman should do with her own body, or better yet – that no woman have ANY rights.

    June 6, 2009 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  2. D. Tree

    The far right should take heed: be careful about stirring up racial anger in order to block this nomination. The results could be terrible, and you might be held responsible.

    Please try not to inflame the extremists on the right!

    June 6, 2009 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  3. Proud DHS radical

    If Sotomayor were to announce during the committee hearings that she's Pro-Life, than I expect the far left Pro-life groups would be sending her death threats too.

    June 6, 2009 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  4. Proud DHS radical

    Opps meant the Far left Pro choice folks!

    June 6, 2009 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  5. Dawn in Pa

    This is so wrong, what is with this Country, we are no better than Nazi Germany...The far right is so out of control, blaming every problem on the left. I am a Democrat and a liberal. This is a hate crime...

    June 6, 2009 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  6. Never Repub again

    Republicants dont love America, only money. Greedy Pigs.

    June 6, 2009 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  7. Claire, NH

    Thanks to the wackos like Rush and Newt. They are very small men (not in physical size of course), but in demeanor. If anything happens to the nominee, it will be their fault.

    Wake up America, the Dems had to suffer for 8 long years. Now when it's our turn, the GOPers don't want to hand over the baton, they are spoiled brats. Would you ever have imagined a VP running around the country scaring everyone, and defending TORTURE, in your life time? The G W Bush Administration was the worst in history and the nightmare is still continuing.

    I'm praying for Sonja Sotomayor and her family because she's being attacked by cowards.

    June 6, 2009 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  8. ron

    Doesn't everyone see what the extremist group (the gop) is doing to the country. They are turning ordinary citizens into bombers. I guess this is how you take a page out of the terrorist hand book.

    June 6, 2009 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  9. ANGIE

    another right wing nut case. they just keep popping up. he's right up there with rush,newt and all the rest of the far right wing nutballs.

    June 6, 2009 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  10. Cowardly GOPers

    Thanks to the wackos like Rush and Newt. They are very small men (not in physical size of course), but in demeanor. If anything happens to the nominee, it will be their fault.

    Wake up America, the Dems had to suffer for 8 long years. Now when it's our turn, the GOPers don't want to hand over the baton, they are spoiled brats. Would you ever have imagined a VP running around the country scaring everyone, and defending TORTURE, in your life time? The G W Bush Administration was the worst in history and the nightmare is still continuing.

    I'm praying for Sonja Sotomayor and her family because she's being attacked by cowards.

    June 6, 2009 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  11. Larry from RI

    More right wing lunacy inspired by the true GOP leadership (Rush, Hannity, and Newt)

    Sponsored and brought to a neighborhood near you with help from the fear and hate mongers at FAUX news!

    June 6, 2009 11:49 am at 11:49 am |