Oak Brook couple charged with sending letters to DuPage judges
An Oak Brook couple are accused of sending letters -- one of which was threatening -- to two DuPage County judges, authorities said Saturday.
Sanford Kramer, 65, has been charged with one felony count of threatening a public official. Judge Jeffrey MacKay ordered Kramer held on $500,000 bail Saturday, requiring him to post 10 percent to be released.
His wife, Cynthia Kramer, 57, was charged with one count of disorderly conduct -- filing a false crime report. Her bail was set at $150,000, and she also must post 10 percent to be released.
Earlier this month, authorities said, the couple sent three letters, two from Sanford Kramer and one from Cynthia Kramer, to the two unidentified judges.
One of the letters, sent by Sanford Kramer, was "of a threatening nature," a news release by the DuPage County state's attorney's office said.
"Any threatening or harassing contact with an officer of the court will be thoroughly investigated and will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law," said DuPage County State's Attorney Robert Berlin in a written statement. "For our judicial system to operate properly, it is imperative that members of the judiciary or any other officer of the court be allowed to perform their duties free from harassment or fear of retribution."
An investigation by the DuPage County Sheriff's Office led to the charges. The husband and wife were taken into custody Friday night at their Oak Brook home without incident, the news release said.
Sanford Kramer is due in court Sept. 8. Cynthia Kramer will next appear before a judge Sept. 14.