Many reporters are sadly accustomed to receiving threats and harassment in connection with their work. For some, the intimidation can have a chilling effect. For others, it can become like brutal background noise, accepted as part of the job, even when the threats rise to the level of a felony. That's why I want to share what I experienced on Monday. I was a part of something unusual: Justice.
In a federal courtroom in lower Manhattan, Robert Lemke, a California man and devoted Donald Trump supporter, was sentenced to three years in prison after pleading guilty to sending threats to lawmakers and members of the media. CNN's Don Lemon and I were there because we were on the receiving end of Lemke's threats. Lemon and I both delivered what are known as "victim impact statements" before U.S. District Judge Alvin K. Hellerstein. Other victims submitted letters. The testimonials of Lemke's targets and, on the other hand, sympathetic character letters from his family members were all considered by the judge.