Bond was set today at $100,000 for an Evanston woman who allegedly threatened to assassinate Circuit Court Judge Aurelia Pucinski.

Cook County Sheriff Thomas J. Dart’s office announced in a news release that Doris Moore, of the 1400 block of Chicago Avenue, has been charged with one felony count of threatening a public official.

The Sheriff’s Criminal Intelligence Unit contacted Moore after she sent what’s described as an inappropriate letter to Judge Pucinski’s chambers on May 9th. Court officials forwarded the letter to the sheriff’s office on June 9th.

Officers went to Moore’s home today to question her about the letter, and, the news release says, Moore began to rant in a garbled manner.

Officers asked Moore if she would consent to voluntary admission to a psychiatric hospital and she refused. Moore then allegedly said, of Judge Pucinski, “I’ll assassinate her myself.” With that, officers placed Moore under arrest. Her next court date is set for July 14th.

This is the 30th threat case against a public official that criminal intelligence unit officers have investigated this year, after handling 50 threats last year. All judicial threats are jointly investigated by the sheriff’s office and the U.S. Marshals Service as part of the Northern Illinois Threat Assessment Task Force.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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