RENO, Nev. (AP) A family court judge who was shot in his chambers by a man whose bitter divorce he was handling has sued the gunman, seeking damages totaling more than $100,000.
The suit, filed in district court last week by Washoe County Family Court Judge Chuck Weller against Darren Mack, seeks general, special and punitive damages.
Mack, a former pawn shop owner who shot the judge through a window at the courthouse in a sniper-style attack, was sentenced this month to life in prison for fatally stabbing his estranged wife, Charla Mack, in June 2006. He was also sentenced to a concurrent 40 years for shooting the judge the same day.
Also addressed in the suit are unnamed "Doe" conspirators who "aided, counseled, encouraged and assisted and participated" with Mack in carrying out the attacks.
Weller declined to elaborate on the lawsuit, telling the Reno Gazette-Journal that "the document speaks for itself."
Mack's civil lawyer, Mark Wray, said the suit "mystified" him. Mack has long since lost the fortune he earned from the pawn shop, and his client's 9-year-old daughter is getting the last of it, Wray said.
Weller has recovered but has incurred medical and other expenses as a result of the attack, and fears for his and his family's safety, according to the suit.
Weller suffers "from nightmares and from post-traumatic stress and has in the past and will in the future suffer loss of enjoyment of life and profession," the suit added.