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Arrest report released after former judge arrested

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Posted at 1:42 PM, May 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-19 16:54:30-04

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — UPDATE (3:51 p.m.): Williams bonded out of the Nueces Co. Jail on Tuesday at 3:34 p.m..

An arrest report sheds new light on the circumstances surrounding the arrest of a former judge Guy Williams.

According to an arrest report, Williams sent out several emails to Nueces Co. Judge Barbara Canales last week.

The emails stated Williams would exercise his right to gain access to the courtrooms without going through the security checkpoint. Williams said that because he receives disability benefits from the Veterans Administration, that the American Disabilities Act entitles him to a security badge which allows him to bypass the security checkpoint.

Williams said the procedures carried out at the checkpoint affect his PTSD.

"Singling me out of all other attorneys in Nueces County by requiring me to undergo your body searches increases my PTSD symptoms to the point where I avoid going to court, and impacts my ability to do my job and represent my clients, and causes severe emotional distress," he writes in a letter to Canales.

The letter goes on to tell Canales he would be at the courthouse Monday with the media.

"Your office will have two (2) choices, let me pass or arrest me," he writes.

Williams sent Nueces Co. Court Administrator Marilee Roberts an email and copied 100 attorneys.

"Please show up in force, they cannot arrest all of us if we stand together," he wrote. "I refuse to be bullied any longer by their abuse of power."

The arrest report continues Williams showed up at the Nueces County Courthouse at 1 p.m. Monday and ignored several commands to not pass the security checkpoint.

He was then taken into custody.

The arrest report doesn't say whether any other attorneys attended, as his email requested.

Williams is charged with making a terroristic threat, third-degree felony offense; and criminal trespass, a Class B misdemeanor.

The former judge pled not guilty to terroristic threat.

The embattled attorney once sat on the bench of Nueces County's 148th District Court and has faced legal issues in the past.

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