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April 1, 1993 | Associated Press
The former chief judge of New York state pleaded guilty Wednesday to threatening to kidnap his former lover's daughter, and admitted harassing them for more than a year. Sol Wachtler, 62, entered his plea in U.S. District Court two months before his scheduled trial in a case that ended his legal career. Wachtler pleaded guilty to mail harassment. In exchange, prosecutors dropped a five-count indictment against him. He faces up to five years in prison.
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November 24, 1993 | Associated Press
Sol Wachtler, the state's former chief judge, was stabbed in his bed at a prison in North Carolina, where he is serving a 10-month sentence for harassing his former lover, his lawyer said Tuesday. Wachtler, 63, was in bed Sunday night listening to his radio with earphones when he was attacked, said his lawyer, Paul Montclare, who is also his son-in-law. Prison officials could not be reached for comment Tuesday night.
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October 23, 1994 | Associated Press
The state's former chief judge, serving time at a halfway house for harassment, was denied early release because he sneaked out to a charity dinner. Sol Wachtler was forbidden from attending the $500-a-plate gathering, said Michael Guadagno, the assistant U.S. attorney in Newark, N.J. And Wachtler stayed out past his 8:30 p.m. curfew, he said. Wachtler, 64, has been confined to the halfway house on weeknights and at his Long Island home on weekends.
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October 23, 1994 | Associated Press
The state's former chief judge, serving time at a halfway house for harassment, was denied early release because he sneaked out to a charity dinner. Sol Wachtler was forbidden from attending the $500-a-plate gathering, said Michael Guadagno, the assistant U.S. attorney in Newark, N.J. And Wachtler stayed out past his 8:30 p.m. curfew, he said. Wachtler, 64, has been confined to the halfway house on weeknights and at his Long Island home on weekends.
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September 28, 1993 | Newsday
Sol Wachtler, former chief judge of New York, lost his bid to go to a minimum-security prison camp near his mother in Florida and has been ordered to surrender today at a medium-security penitentiary in Butner, N.C., that specializes in inmates with psychiatric problems. After Wachtler pleaded guilty to threatening to kidnap the daughter of his ex-lover, he asked for leniency, blaming the bizarre scheme and his criminal behavior on a psychiatric illness exacerbated by prescription drug abuse.
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February 2, 1993 | The Washington Post
Sol Wachtler, former chief judge of New York's highest court, was indicted Monday on five counts of extortion, mailing threatening communications and making false statements to a government agency in connection with his alleged harassment of New York socialite Joy Silverman. Wachtler, 62, was arrested almost two months ago after allegedly stalking and attempting to blackmail Silverman, his former mistress, after their affair broke up.
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November 11, 1992 | JOHN J. GOLDMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The chief judge of New York state, facing charges he blackmailed his former lover, resigned from the bench Tuesday shortly after a federal magistrate ordered him to wear an electronic monitoring bracelet and be held under private guard in home detention as part of a bail agreement. The case not only has caused deep shock within New York's justice system.
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April 18, 1989 | JOHN J. GOLDMAN, Times Staff Writer
With prisoners sleeping on floors and a federal judge threatening to release inmates to reduce overcrowding, municipal judges were ordered Monday to open a special court inside New York City's biggest jail to speed sentencing so inmates can be shifted to state prisons. In addition, Sol Wachtler, chief judge of the New York State Court of Appeals, reassigned half the city's civil court judges to criminal trials and asked other justices to defer vacations. Soaring drug arrests coupled with increases in other crimes are straining New York's criminal justice system.
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November 24, 1993 | Associated Press
Sol Wachtler, the state's former chief judge, was stabbed in his bed at a prison in North Carolina, where he is serving a 10-month sentence for harassing his former lover, his lawyer said Tuesday. Wachtler, 63, was in bed Sunday night listening to his radio with earphones when he was attacked, said his lawyer, Paul Montclare, who is also his son-in-law. Prison officials could not be reached for comment Tuesday night.
NEWS
September 28, 1993 | Newsday
Sol Wachtler, former chief judge of New York, lost his bid to go to a minimum-security prison camp near his mother in Florida and has been ordered to surrender today at a medium-security penitentiary in Butner, N.C., that specializes in inmates with psychiatric problems. After Wachtler pleaded guilty to threatening to kidnap the daughter of his ex-lover, he asked for leniency, blaming the bizarre scheme and his criminal behavior on a psychiatric illness exacerbated by prescription drug abuse.
NEWS
April 1, 1993 | Associated Press
The former chief judge of New York state pleaded guilty Wednesday to threatening to kidnap his former lover's daughter, and admitted harassing them for more than a year. Sol Wachtler, 62, entered his plea in U.S. District Court two months before his scheduled trial in a case that ended his legal career. Wachtler pleaded guilty to mail harassment. In exchange, prosecutors dropped a five-count indictment against him. He faces up to five years in prison.
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February 2, 1993 | The Washington Post
Sol Wachtler, former chief judge of New York's highest court, was indicted Monday on five counts of extortion, mailing threatening communications and making false statements to a government agency in connection with his alleged harassment of New York socialite Joy Silverman. Wachtler, 62, was arrested almost two months ago after allegedly stalking and attempting to blackmail Silverman, his former mistress, after their affair broke up.
NEWS
November 11, 1992 | JOHN J. GOLDMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The chief judge of New York state, facing charges he blackmailed his former lover, resigned from the bench Tuesday shortly after a federal magistrate ordered him to wear an electronic monitoring bracelet and be held under private guard in home detention as part of a bail agreement. The case not only has caused deep shock within New York's justice system.
NEWS
April 18, 1989 | JOHN J. GOLDMAN, Times Staff Writer
With prisoners sleeping on floors and a federal judge threatening to release inmates to reduce overcrowding, municipal judges were ordered Monday to open a special court inside New York City's biggest jail to speed sentencing so inmates can be shifted to state prisons. In addition, Sol Wachtler, chief judge of the New York State Court of Appeals, reassigned half the city's civil court judges to criminal trials and asked other justices to defer vacations. Soaring drug arrests coupled with increases in other crimes are straining New York's criminal justice system.
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November 29, 1992 | BETH SHERMAN, NEWSDAY
Leading a double life would seem to be the exclusive domain of professional spies, fictional secret agents and undercover operatives with foreign accents. But seemingly ordinary men and women sometimes hide extraordinary secrets from those closest to them: their families, friends and co-workers. Consider the well-respected chief executive who embezzles funds from his company. The man with two wives and two sets of children who know nothing of one another's existence.
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August 30, 1994 | Associated Press
Sol Wachtler, the former chief judge of New York state who went to prison for a campaign of threats and harassment against an ex-lover, was moved to a halfway house Monday. Wachtler, 64, is expected to stay at the Brooklyn Community Correctional Center for up to two months.
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