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Mt. Clemens Man Charged with Threatening Macomb County Judge

LANSING - A Macomb County man is charged in connection to a threatening voicemail left for a circuit court judge, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel announced today.

Robert Scruggs, 44, of Mt. Clemens, was arraigned via Zoom on one count of misdemeanor malicious use of a telecommunications device in Macomb County's 41B District Court this afternoon. If convicted, he could face up to 6 months in jail. 

In mid-August, Judge Richard Caretti at Macomb County Circuit Court received a two-minute voicemail that included death threats.  Scruggs was determined to be the caller.   

"Those who cross the line between statements protected by the First Amendment and direct threats will be held accountable by my office," Nessel said. 

Scruggs was given a $10,000 personal bond, referred to community mental health for an assessment, placed on house arrest and ordered to wear a tether.   

A probable cause conference is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. on Dec. 20. 

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