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Crime History: Prominent judge charged with threatening ex-lover

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On this day, Feb. 1, in 1993, Sol Wachtler, then the highest ranking judge in New York, was indicted on charges of harassing a former lover and threatening to kidnap her 14-year-old daughter.

Wachtler, who famously said that any decent prosecutor could get a grand jury to indict a ham sandwich, began an affair with socialite Joy Silverman while serving as administrator of a $3 million trust left to Silverman.

When their affair ended, Wachtler stalked Silverman and pretended to be a toothless, private investigator from Texas. He sent threatening letters and a condom to Silverman's daughter, saying he had compromising pictures of her mother, and demanded a $20,000 payoff.

Wachtler pleaded guilty and served 11 months in prison. He was reinstated to the New York bar in 2007.

- Scott McCabe

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