Thursday, May 3, 2012
A Wichita woman has been convicted on two counts of interfering with employees in the federal courthouse.
Kim Dale, 44, was convicted on one misdemeanor count of interfering with clerks of the U.S. District Court and one misdemeanor count of interfering with U.S. Marshals.
Authorities were called to a disturbance in the U.S. Clerk’s office of the federal courthouse Feb. 27. Prosecutors said Dale was shouting and demanding to be given original documents being filed in her civil case. She snatched documents away from clerks.
Authorities said when a U.S. Marshal asked her to lower her voice, she refused and stated she could get as loud as she wanted. When the Marshal asked her to leave the courthouse, she refused and stated she wasn’t going anywhere until she got the paperwork she wanted. When the Marshal attempted to escort her out of the courthouse, she began yelling at the top of her voice, stopping a civil trial that was in progress nearby. On the way out of the building, she attempted to strike one of the Marshals.
Sentencing will be scheduled at a later time. She faces a maximum penalty of a year in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000 on each count.
Grissom commended the U.S. Marshals Service and Assistant U.S. Attorney Mona Furst for their work on the case.