Man to Pa. judge: ‘I’m just going to have to get my .44 magnum’

By John Luciew

What’s that old saying about someone representing himself in court having a fool for a client?

The cliche may have been proven true as a 71-year-old man was arguing against a summary harassment charge before a district judge Wednesday in Luzerne County, the Times Leader reports.

Things grew far worse than a mere summary offense when District Judge Joseph Carmody found Harry Yaletsko of West Pittston guilty as charged.

Despite having been advised by the judge to watch his language earlier in the hearing, Yaletsko apparently couldn’t resist.

As the gavel on his guilty verdict went down, Yaletsko allegedly looked at the judge and said, “I’m just going to have to get my .44 magnum,” the Times Leader reports, citing the criminal complaint in the case.

The judge responded, “Are you threatening me, because I just took that as a threat.”

But West Pittston police officer Joseph DeMark, who was in the courtroom, had heard enough and arrested Yaletsko, the Times Leader writes, adding:

Yaletsko now faces charges of terroristic threats, harassment and disorderly conduct. At last report, he was lodged in the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $250,000 bail.