Thursday, June 23, 2011
Paul Rodriguez Sirmons
Man who threatened judge denied entry
A man convicted of spray-painting a death threat toward Judge Jeffrey Manning on the Allegheny County Courthouse was stopped by sheriff's deputies on Tuesday as he tried to enter Manning's courtroom to watch the Poplawski trial. Paul Rodriguez Sirmons, 40, of North Huntingdon told deputies that he was at the courthouse for a court hearing of his own and wanted to watch the Poplawski trial while he waited for his hearing to start, Sheriff William Mullen said in a news release. Deputies corroborated his story and allowed him to stay in the courthouse, but he was not permitted inside Manning's courtroom or near the judge's chambers. Sirmons pleaded guilty in March to institutional vandalism, criminal mischief and making terroristic threats for the Feb. 2, 2010, graffiti that included the message "Judge Ma" and "die" near the Ross Street entrance.
Read more: Poplawski's vest barred cop bullets, DA says - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/news/pittsburgh/s_743500.html#ixzz1Q6DpWQIv