NYC teacher threatened to kill 2 federal judges: records
A disturbed city school teacher is locked up in a Brooklyn jail for allegedly threatening to kill two federal judges, records show.
Lucio Celli, 42, a teacher with the city Department of Education for 20 years, allegedly sent menacing e-mails to Brooklyn judges Margo Brodie and Brian Cogan, as well as Robert Katzman, chief judge of the US Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit. All three have heard civil cases in which Celli was involved.
A Nov. 13 criminal complaint filed in Brooklyn federal court says Celli refers to Brodie and Cogan as “you mother f–kers” because they sent US Marshals after him to demand he stop sending profane e-mails to school officials.
“I spent all night reading … but i can’t file in court like a normal person i have to f–k stab you to get justice,” he wrote, according to the complaint.
The same day, the complaint states, Celli sent another e-mail to the three judges with the subject line, “EITHER YOU DEAL WITH THE US MARSHALL THREAT FROM BRODIE AND COGAN OR I HUNT THEM DOWN AND KILL THEM BECAUSE THEY WANT TO ACT LIKE THE MAFIA THEY HAVE TO DIE LIKE THE MAFIA.”
Celli has a grudge against Cogan for dismissing a lawsuit he had filed to reverse an “unsatisfactory” rating.
Celli was arrested in November on federal charges of transmitting a threat to injure a person and remains in the federal Metropolitan Correctional Center in Brooklyn. His lawyer could not be reached for comment.
Celli, a social-studies teacher, last worked at The Felisa Rincon de Gautier Institute for Law and Public Policy, a Bronx high school that closed last year for poor performance.
He has bombarded school and union officials, politicians and the media with complaints for years.
The city has asked the court to sanction Celli for sending more than 70 offensive e-mails to school officials he sued, but judges have only warned him to stop.
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