On Saturday, December 9, 2023, CNYCentral reported that Beth Lockhart, a family law and divorce attorney in Syracuse, New York, had her pistol permit suspended following a threatening comment she made toward a judge.

According to the report, Lockhart told two other lawyers that she would like to put a bullet in the brain of Onondaga County Family Court Judge Julie Cerio. The comment was made in response to a written decision made by Judge Cerio approximately a month ago. Lockhart’s comment was reported to court officers, who subsequently suspended her pistol permit and filed an Extreme Risk Protection Order (ERPO) against her.

An ERPO is a court order that prohibits an individual from purchasing or possessing firearms and requires them to surrender any guns they already own or possess. Lockhart voluntarily surrendered three firearms to an Onondaga County Sheriff’s Deputy, who escorted her to her home in Oswego County.

At this time, Onondaga County District Attorney Bill Fitzpatrick has not directed any charges to be filed against Lockhart. The Lockhart Law Firm has directed all inquiries to the attorney representing Beth Lockhart, who has declined to comment on the matter.

 

Source: CNYCentral