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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Ind. Courts - "Judge's Wife Cited Into Court After Threatening Scheme"

WBIW Bloomington reported at mid-morning in a story that begins:

(BLOOMINGTON) - Police say the wife of of Indiana Court of Appeals Judge Edward "Ted" Najam of Bloomington carried out a scheme in which she made threatening cellphone calls to the judge and carved a threatening message into the door of their home to make others believe her son-in-law was doing the crimes.

Police cited 53-year-old Beverly "Star" Cochran into court on charges of obstruction of justice and false reporting.

According to police, she was acting in retribution, telling police she and Judge Najam believed their son-in-law was to blame for their daughter's heroin addiction.

She told police she believed her husband might harm their son-in-law so she was attempting to get the man arrested on harassment charges.

Investigators say Cochran admitted to purchasing a disposable cellphone from Walmart to send threatening messages to her husband from the parking lot at the U.S. Post Office on Pete Ellis Drive and then she threw away the phone in an apartment complex trash dumpster in the area.

She was hoping she could persuade her daughter to leave her husband if she showed her the text messages.

Laura Lane of the $$$ Bloomington Herald-Times reports in a story headed "Wife of Indiana Appeals Court Judge Najam charged with obstruction of justice." Some quotes:

Police allege that the wife of Indiana Court of Appeals Judge Edward “Ted” Najam of Bloomington carried out a scheme in which she made threatening cellphone calls to the judge and took other actions — including carving “die judge” on the door of their Spicewood home — to make him believe her daughter’s husband was threatening the family.

Investigators say 53-year-old Beverly “Star” Cochran was acting in retribution, telling police she and Najam believed their son-in-law was to blame for her daughter’s heroin use. Cochran also said she feared her husband might harm the man, so she tried to deflect that possibility by attempting to get the son-in-law arrested for harassment.

Instead, an Indiana State Police lieutenant reviewed video surveillance tapes and traced a disposable cellphone purchase to Bloomington’s Wal-Mart Supercenter and a charge card used by Cochran.

She was charged Monday in Monroe Circuit Court with obstruction of justice and false reporting. Bob Miller, speaking on behalf of the Monroe County Prosecutor’s Office, said that because of the passage of time and since there is no imminent danger to anyone, Cochran will be issued a summons to appear in court for an initial hearing instead of being arrested. * * *

When police confronted Najam about the evidence against his wife, he said he had no idea she was behind the actions, the affidavit said. He admitted talking to her about protecting his family “by any means necessary.”

But he said he would only take action in self-defense or to defend Cochran or her daughter. “Mr. Najam denied making the statement that he would seek out (the son-in-law) for the purpose of shooting him.”

Posted by Marcia Oddi on May 12, 2015 01:34 PM
Posted to Indiana Courts