Both Reed and Davis were convicted of multiple felonies on
October 14, 2010, by a federal jury in , upon the completion of a three-day trial. In May of 2009, Reed made a threatening phone call to U.S. District Judge Ralph Erickson demanding that Erickson dismiss a federal case against two other individuals. In the voice mail message that Reed left for Judge Erickson, Reed accused Erickson of violating his oath and advised Judge Erickson that Reed would file a show cause motion in front of Congress if Judge Erickson did not immediately dismiss the case. In June of 2009, Reed left a voice mail message for an FBI special agent indicating that Judge Erickson would "get the trigger pulled on him." Bismarck, North Dakota
In January of 2010, Reed and Gregory A. Davis conspired to file and did file a false lien against U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland and Acting U.S. Attorney Lynn Jordheim. These documents were filed and recorded as official records in the
Recorder of Deeds Office. Prior recorded phone messages at a correctional facility in Washington, D.C. , revealed conversations between Reed and Davis wherein they discussed the filing of the false lien against the federal officials. Rugby, North Dakota
This case was investigated by the FBI, the Rolette County Sheriff's Office, and the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation. Because the case involved a federal judge from
and the Acting U.S. Attorney from North Dakota , the case was prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney's Office in North Dakota and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas J. Wright. Both men were immediately turned over to the custody of the U.S. Marshal. South Dakota
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