Belmont man charged with making criminal threats toward judge

A 67-year-old Belmont man has been charged with making criminal threats and threatening a public official -- two felonies -- for allegedly threatening a San Mateo County Superior Court judge who had handled a previous case of his, prosecutors said.   

Edward Day made his initial appearance in court Wednesday to face the charges related to a report initially made to the county Sheriff's Office on May 30 by a judge who said he received two emails from Day, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office.   


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The first email accused the judge of cheating the system and said that Day was committed to "getting" the judge, then was followed by a second email in which he said he had directed the death penalty for the judge, who had overseen a sole appearance in 2019 for a prior case involving Day, prosecutors said.

Day had 12 firearms registered in his name that were taken from him, and had a prior conviction in 2018 for felony discharge of a firearm in a negligent manner, according to the District Attorney's Office.   

He did not enter a plea at his arraignment Wednesday and his case was continued to Nov. 16 so he could be appointed a public defender. His bail was set at $250,000 and he remains in custody, prosecutors said.