North Dakota Man Found Guilty of Threatening Federal Judge's Life

North Dakota Man Found Guilty of Threatening Federal Judge's Life Photo: U.S. Attorney's Office

September 14, 2018 05:17 PM

A North Dakota man was convicted Friday of threatening to murder a federal judge after the judge ruled against him in a civil suit, according to a release from the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Robert Philip Ivers, 65, was also convicted of one count of interstate transmission of a threat to injure the person of another.


The judge ruled against Ivers in a lawsuit in January 2017, the release states, and following that, Ivers sent a series of threatening letters. He also called a court employee to say he was angry at the judge and described himself as a "walking bomb."

Deputy U.S. Marshals told Ivers to cease his threats. In November 2017, Ivers filed another lawsuit alleging the same facts as the first case, according to the attorney's office.

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Ivers had a phone consultation with two volunteer lawyers, who told him they did not believe he had a valid legal claim. The attorney's office said Ivers began talking about the previous case, becoming "intensely angry" and continuing his threats against the judge.

"You don't know the fifty different ways I planned to kill her," Ivers allegedly said.

A lawyer reported Ivers' threats, and two Deputy U.S. Marshals confronted Ivers at his home in West Fargo. Ivers became "extremely agitated," yelling at the deputies and saying the judge "stole my life."


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