Attorney injured after assault at Milwaukee County Courthouse
MILWAUKEE - Mark Grady, an attorney with Milwaukee County's Corporation Counsel Office, was assaulted as at the Milwaukee County Courthouse
Robert Baker, 59, faces a felony charge of Substantial Battery With Intent to Cause Bodily Harm, which carries a maximum penalty of up to three and a half years in prison.
Baker allegedly punched Grady several times, and struck him in the head with a metal clipboard. Grady was taken to the hospital to get his laceration treated, but is doing just fine.
According to the criminal complaint, it all started in a courtroom where Baker became loud and irate. He yelled profane comments, after being told by the judge that his civil case would not be reopened.
The civil case revolves around more than $60,000 that Baker claims Milwaukee County owes him.
After leaving the courtroom, Baker followed Grady to his office, where he lashed-out at the attorney. He told sheriff's deputies, "I became another man at that point. I was angry at Grady for going through the open procedures to cheat me in court."
Later, Baker apologized, saying: "I am sorry for what I did. I did lose it."
Baker was caught by sheriffs deputies as he was trying to leave the courthouse.
The incident has caused some political finger-pointing.
In a statement, Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke says, “Family and Civil courts present situations that are volatile and emotional. This is precisely why I instituted armed security at courthouse checkpoints…. contrary to claims made by County Executive Chris Abele and District Attorney John Chisholm, that those deputies are just standing there doing nothing. One of the checkpoint deputies pursued and caught Baker as he fled the courthouse. Had that officer not have been there, he would have gotten away, causing us to use more time and resources to apprehend him."
Chris Abele fired back: "I'm glad Mark Grady is okay. This is why we have the security we do at the door. This is why staff is trained and ready for this sort of thing. It shouldn't be turned into drama. For what it is worth, I think the more public servants we have willing to work with people and not cause drama and fights, the better and safer off we all are as a community."