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Madison Man Charged with Threatening Circuit Court Judge and Possession of Firearm as a Felon 

MADISON — Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen has announced that on June 24, 2014, a criminal complaint was filed against George W. Bennett, of Madison, charging him with possession of a firearm as a felon, battery or threat to a judge, telephone harassment, and disorderly conduct.  The complaint alleges that on June 6, 2014, Dane County Circuit Court Judge Rhonda Lanford ruled against Bennett in a small claims case.  The complaint alleges that as a result of this ruling, Bennett left a series of threatening and harassing voicemails on Judge Lanford’s office phone between June 13, 2014, and June 15, 2014.  The complaint also alleges that, after executing a search warrant, Madison Police officers found a gun in George Bennett’s home.


An initial appearance is scheduled for June 24, 2014, at 1:30 p.m. at the Public Safety Building.  While the defendant has been charged in a criminal complaint, he is presumed innocent and the state will need to prove him guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.


This matter was investigated by the Madison Police Department.  Victim services are being provided by the Office of Crime Victim Services at the Wisconsin Department of Justice.  The state is being represented by Assistant Attorney General David A. Hart and Assistant Attorney General Jeffery Gabrysiak.  A copy of the complaint can be found here.