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Former LI man cross-examined on charges of threatening judges

Vincent McCrudden, 53, who has lived in Long

Vincent McCrudden, 53, who has lived in Long Beach and Dix Hills, was charged with sending threats through the mail, attempting to impede the work of federal judges and failing to follow the instructions of federal probation officers to stop the threats.

A federal prosecutor Tuesday used a former Long Island man's email to try to undermine the man's claim that he didn't really mean to threaten four federal judges in letters and emails that talked of violence and vigilante action.

The man, Vincent McCrudden, 53, of Long Island City, who has lived in Long Beach and Dix Hills, is on trial in federal court in Central Islip on charges of sending threats through the mail and trying to impede the work of federal judges.

McCrudden, who had served 28 months in federal prison for threatening the lives of more than 40 financial regulators, insisted in two days of testimony that he had no thoughts of harming anyone.

He conceded that his language may have been over-the-top but said the only actions he had contemplated were nonviolent efforts such as picketing or joining reform groups.

McCrudden has said that his communications to the judges, with copies sent to politicians, the media and good-government groups, were borne out of the frustration he felt at being treated unfairly in civil and criminal cases.

But Eastern District federal prosecutor Christopher Caffarone, in cross-examining the defendant, read him a previously undisclosed email McCrudden sent to his brother in 2010, referring to a financial regulator.

"[I] want to have one opportunity to bring a shotgun with me and relish in the fact that I could put a muzzle 6-inches away from his face and watch that [expletive] smirk wash off his [expletive] face as I pulled the trigger . . . I can dream of such happiness and joy that would bring me," the email read.

Under questioning by his defense attorney, John Carman of Garden City, McCrudden said the email was untypical and that he had just had a civil case go against him and he was "blowing off steam." McCrudden also agreed that the email was unusual for him in that it was not sent out to many officials and media types, but only to the unnamed brother.

The judges who were allegedly threatened include Chief Second Circuit Judge Robert Katzmann, Second Circuit Judge Reena Raggi, Southern District Judge William Pauley and Eastern District Judge Denis Hurley.

Hurley is presiding over the current case in Central Islip, but McCrudden has not asked the judge to recuse himself.

McCrudden faces up to 2 years in prison if he is convicted of the charges.

Judge Hurley said he would have a decision by late December.

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