FORT MYERS, Fla - Richard Hollander didn't say a word to our cameras, leaving the federal courthouse Tuesday morning. This time, the bankruptcy attorney, co-partner of Miller and Hollander in Naples, was on the other side of the law.
A criminal complaint filed in federal court says Hollander brought a loaded 9 mm gun into the courthouse on First Street. Security guards found it in Hollander's briefcase, as it went through the x-ray machine. When asked, Hollander told US marshals "the act was not intentional, and was a big mistake."
Hollander said he'd taken the gun out of his car a week ago, put the gun into his briefcase, but hadn't opened it since. Lance Dunford, an attorney not associated with the case, called the act a serious crime.
Hollander was never arrested, but did self-surrender to the court through a summons. So we wanted to know why Hollander wasn't arrested on the spot? Dunford says it's not guaranteed anyone will end up in cuffs.
"Generally, officers will look at someone's standing in the community as well as criminal history, whether they are going to be a danger to the community," said Dunford.
WINK News has learned, this isn't Hollander's first offense. In January 2014, Hollander attempted to bring a folding knife into the courthouse, according to a separate report. The report says he walked through the metal detector and when it went off, pulled out the knife from his waistband, saying he forgot. In that case, a judge wrote a warning to Hollander, reminding him that weapons are not allowed.
A judge said Hollander is no longer allowed inside the courthouse, except for appearances relating to this particular complaint.
His attorney says Hollander's Associates at Miller and Hollander will take over his cases. Hollander still has his bar association, but did need to surrender his passport. No official charges have been filed.