PROVO — An Orem man charged this week with threatening a judge says police are only giving one side of the story.
Scott Laray Allen, 44, was charged Thursday in 4th District Court with threatening a judge, a third-degree felony.
On Sept. 12, Allen was undergoing dialysis at a health clinic. “While at the clinic, Allen disclosed that he was upset with a 4th District Court judge due to some of the judge’s previous rulings in matters affecting Allen,” charging documents state.
The Utah County sheriff’s deputy who arrested Allen also noted in a police affidavit that “the information I received from the complaining party was that Mr. Allen had stated if he were to come to the end of life due to him being on dialysis he had a hit list that specifically had a 4th District judge on it.”
But Allen on Friday denied having such a list.
“I don’t have a hit list. That’s ridiculous,” he told KSL.
Allen said the charge stems from a 45-minute conversation he had with a social worker, who he thought had a good understanding of him, about leaders being accountable. He said it was not the ramblings of a “crazy guy.”
“What was said to that social worker is not the way that’s been put out there,” Allen said, adding that it “was reported in a way that looks terrible. And that’s not what I was saying. That’s not how I said it. It was not a three-second conversation. It wasn’t just a comment, it wasn’t just me shooting off being angry. It was talking about a huge, complicated subject about accountability.”
Allen admits he was frustrated with how one of his cases was handled.
He was charged in June 2015 with violating a protective order, a third-degree felony. The charge was eventually dismissed, but not until September of 2017. But the time it took to go through the process took a toll on his health, Allen said.
What was said to that social worker is not the way that’s been put out there.
“It took everything away. How could that not possibly affect my health? That’s why I feel my blood pressure went as high as it was. Not because I don’t want to be accountable,” he said.
Allen felt his right to a speedy trial was violated. He was also charged with violation of a protective order, a class A misdemeanor, in a separate case about the same time, according to court records. He was convicted by pleading no contest, court records state.
Although Allen does not believe he violated any laws, he said he took the plea deal because he wanted to get on with his life. In Allen’s view, “Fourth District is a mess. It truly is. It’s a mess.”
Because of Allen’s dialysis treatment, the jail refused to admit him, the affidavit states. The officer recommended he be placed on a GPS ankle monitor.