Jury finds man not guilty of charge of threatening judge

LAWRENCEVILLE - A 55-year-old Snellville man was found not guilty this week of leaving a threatening phone message for Gwinnett County Chief Magistrate Judge Warren Davis.

James Eugene Rogers had been accused of leaving the message at the magistrate court office on Nov. 19, 2003, while trying to swear out arrest warrants for Gwinnett County Chief Superior Court Judge Dawson Jackson and Gwinnett County District Attorney Danny Porter.

If Davis didn't issue the arrest warrants, Rogers threatened to take out a warrant against Davis and said "there would be another magistrate," said Assistant District Attorney Julie Johnson. At the time, Rogers had two separate felony theft cases pending in Gwinnett for allegedly stealing a car and pocketing the proceeds of a car sale from his employer, a used-car sales business, Johnson said.

The jury deliberated for about an hour Tuesday and found Rogers not guilty of intimidation of a court officer. He was also exonerated on the lesser included offense of harassing phone calls.

An unrelated case involving an alleged death threat against Gwinnett County District Attorney Danny Porter in March is still pending. Robert Ashley Walker, 44, faces felony charges of terroristic threats and intimidation of a court officer.