The Washington Post reports the very disturbing story of openly lesbian D.C. Superior Court Judge Janet Albert who has been stalked and harassed by her ex-lover. After their break-up, the judge found her former lover Taylar Nuevelle unconscious in her attic with "some food and an ice bucket fashioned into a makeshift toilet".
Investigators said Taylar Nuevelle had climbed into the attic through a door in Albert's bedroom closet and had been there for almost 24 hours, listening to Albert's telephone pleas to friends for help.Nuevelle is on trial on charges of burglary, unlawful entry and stalking. Prosecutors allege that she began stalking Albert and harassing with her with hundreds of phone calls, threatening e-mails and text messages after the two ended their year-long relationship in 2008. She faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted. Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephanie Brenowitz described Nuevelle, 40, as manipulative and cunning, and said that she had threatened to "out" former lovers to employers during arguments and breakups. Prosecutors say cellphone records show that Nuevelle called Albert 473 times between Sept. 11 and Oct. 22, 2008, including 139 times in one night.
Nuevelle's criminal history is troubling:
In 1999, Nuevelle, whose birth name is Idella Jackson, ducked out of a District courtroom and fled the country with her son, then 5, during a custody battle with her ex-husband. Two years later, she pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to a felony charge of criminal contempt and lying to obtain a passport; the parental kidnapping charge was dropped in the plea deal. Nuevelle was sentenced to three years' probation, which had ended by the time she met Albert.
Albert and Nuevelle met at a church retreat in May 2007 and started dating about four months later.The relationship soured by summer 2008 and Nuevelle reportedly threatened suicide. Says the judge of former companion: "She was volatile. It was like this switch went off and there was no ability to be rational with this person."