A former San Joaquin County judge who was attacked by a murder defendant in court is suing the sheriff's office for not providing better security.
In a lawsuit filed Wednesday, a lawyer for Cinda Fox says the department's negligence gave 29-year-old David Paradiso the opportunity to strike in the Stockton courtroom.
Paradiso lunged at Fox with a hand-crafted 6-inch metal spike as he was leaving the witness stand in March 2009.
A Lodi police detective fatally shot Paradiso, and Fox escaped with minor injuries.
Fox's attorney, Albert Ellis, has filed a similar lawsuit on behalf of her courtroom clerk.
Ellis says Fox and other court employees deserve an explanation about what caused the breakdown in security that day.
Sheriff Steve Moore says the district attorney has his office's report on the case and will release the findings.