U.S. v. Covil
A court can find that a former government worker who allegedly pushed his employer is guilty of assault and issue a protective order, to prevent the worker from approaching his employer for three years. On Oct. 18, 2011, the defendant, Richard Covil, a former postal worker, allegedly approached the postmaster of the Hartford post office, and she asked Covil to leave. Allegedly, Covil pushed the postmaster, who fell and struck her head against her desk. The postmaster went to the hospital for stitches. The District Court found that the defendant, Richard Covil, was guilty of assault on a federal official, and it sentenced the defendant to time served, three years of supervised release and a $100 fine. The District Court also found, by a preponderance of the evidence, that the defendant threatened, harassed and physically assaulted the postmaster and that a protective order was required, to prevent further harassment and contact with the postmaster for three years. The District Court ordered that the defendant refrain from any intentional contact with the victim and to keep at least one mile away. The defendant may not engage in threatening or harassing conduct, directly or indirectly, orally or in writing, circulate rumors on the Internet or damage the postmaster's property. The defendant may not engage in contact with the postmaster's family, friends, neighbors and acquaintances, to obtain personal information about the postmaster, or use the Internet, search services or private investigators. The District Court ordered the defendant to provide the court and the victim-witness coordinator with his current address and any changes in address within 48 hours. Any violation of the court's protective order may result in a ruling that the defendant is in contempt of court.