Stock Island – A Stock Island man is in jail, charged with making threats against a judge and a deputy’s family.
48 year old Michael Haggerty posted the threat on his Facebook page, saying “Judge Luis Garcia has denied my rights to a fair hearing can u people believe the bullshit the county n the Dowling family has made?? Time to go get my guns out of storage and even the score today people, it been fun see you in the next world!” The threat against the judge is believed to be in regards to a temporary injunction petition filed against Haggerty; the threats against Deputy Dowling’s family are believed to be related to a long standing issue Haggerty has had with Deputy Dowling’s wife.
Before making the threats, during the week of February 13th, Haggerty reportedly called the Judge’s office, speaking with the Judge’s assistant; he was belligerent, demanding to know what was happening with the case. The assistant informed him a notice he filed was denied, and he began ranting on the phone, so the assistant hung up on him. Soon after this call, he posted the Facebook threats.
The Sheriff’s Office posted a protection detail for both Judge Garcia, and for Deputy Dowling and his family while detectives investigated the case. On February 17th, Detective Sgt. Bobby Randolph had a conversation with Haggerty during which he asked him why he posted such comments on Facebook. Haggerty replied “Because I like causing you people problems, because sooner or later you are going to violate my civil rights and I am going to own you people.” During the same conversation, he tells Det. Sgt. Randolph “I want you people to be afraid.” And also, “There is only two ways that this will all end, violently or I win a Federal Lawsuit.”
Today, a warrant was issued for Haggerty’s arrest for two counts of making threats to kill or injure someone. He was booked into the Stock Island jail. There is no bond allowed on the warrant.