Former chief magistrate candidate arrested for threats against judge
by Jessica Loeding
Apr 05, 2013 | 3342 views | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend | print
An alleged threat to commit a “crime of violence” against a Cobb County judge landed a Rydal man behind bars Wednesday.

Paul Nally, 67, who ran for chief magistrate in 2012, sent an email the morning of Jan. 29, 2013, to Cartersville City Schools’ Board of Education, making statements against Cobb County Superior Court Judge Adele Grubbs, Cobb County Sheriff Neil Warren said in a press release.

According to the affidavit for Nally’s arrest, he stated in the email, “It’s beginning to look as if we’re going to have to make use of the 2nd Amendment.”

“I’m in the mood to use deadly force to protect my friend’s property interest from illegal arrest,” Nally allegedly wrote. “Adele ought to be stood to the wall at sunrise for what she did to [subject].”

Bartow County Sheriff’s Office deputies and an investigator about 2 p.m. Wednesday met with CCSO officials in Bartow County Magistrate Court, according to the BCSO report.

An arrest warrant was obtained for Nally. The search affidavit and search warrant were signed by a Pickens County judge. When asked why the documents were signed by an out-of-county judge, CCSO Spokesperson Nancy Bodiford said an administrative judge is assigned in cases where judges recuse themselves, such as Wednesday’s incident.

“Since the alleged threat originated from Bartow County, the Bartow County Sheriff’s Office and District Attorney’s Office provided assistance during the investigation as well as with the arrest of Mr. Nally,” Warren said. “This is yet another example of law enforcement agencies from different jurisdictions working together.”

Nally was arrested at his home about 3:30 p.m. and charged with terroristic threats and acts.

The judge ordered a $5,000 bond, along with a special condition bond for Nally. Under the conditions, Nally is to stay away from Grubbs, her place of employment and residence. He is to have no verbal or nonverbal communication by telephone, email, messages or messenger. “He shall not be the cause of any further disturbances, between these parties, requiring law enforcement,” the BCSO report stated.

Also, as a special condition of his bond, Nally had to surrender “any and all firearms to the sheriff of Bartow County” and “may not possess any firearms [pursuant] to this bond,” the report stated.

He was released Wednesday evening from the Bartow County Jail on the $5,000 bond.