continued Janet, who testified during the trial as a witness for the prosecution, recollects her last conversation with Klat. "During the last week she was here, people who had worked with her the night before came to me one day and said, 'This is really scary - Sue's talking about killing people, about shooting, about bloodshed.' They said they were really afraid she might do something. Up to this point, I had never heard any violent talk myself, so when she came in that night I asked her, 'Sue, what's going on?' and she started talking about her trip to Washington and what she's going to do. She told me she was going to shoot the clerk of the court, and when I said, 'Man, what are you talking about?' she said, 'Here at the hospital, if you want to get into the nursery, you first have to get past the clerks, and it's the same with the Supreme Court. I have to shoot everybody who's standing in my way.' It had never gone this far before; she was actually going to get into her car and go, and everybody felt it was a realistic threat. So I called my supervisor in the morning. I feared for my safety about telling her what Sue had said, because I didn't want her coming after me if she was not convicted. But at the same time, I didn't want to hear about a slaughter in Washington." Klat made no blatant threats during her interview with the fbi, but what she did say was enough to raise eyebrows, Soroka says. "She was being very mysterious," he says of Klat. "She said, 'Oh, no, I never threatened anybody. Why would I do that? That would be wrong,' but they thought enough of it to alert the Supreme Court and the fbi office here."
Within days of her fbi interrogation, Soroka says, Klat packed up her car and drove cross-country to Washington, D.C. She had abruptly quit her job at UCSD Medical Center and, through a visiting nurses association, arranged a transfer to hospitals at Georgetown University and George Washington University. fbi officials monitored her move and posted her picture in the courthouse. "A threat in San Diego is one thing," Soroka says. "But it gets a little more real when it comes to Washington. From what I understand, not too many people are leaving San Diego in the middle of August." Klat arrived in the capital on August 17 and within days went to the Supreme Court building to review her files. She was immediately cornered by security officials and, according to Soroka, made further threatening comments. "They were threats like, 'Nobody has a guardian angel,' 'Nobody lives forever,' and 'I wouldn't take a gun into court, but people have got to leave sometime,' " the prosecutor recalls. "I'm sure she thought she was veiled enough to keep her on the other side of the fence, but it heightened our concern."
A few days later Klat returned to the court. This time she did see her files and spoke to officials about documents she claimed were missing, blaming the chief justice. fbi officials subsequently learned that Klat had made a phone call to a friend in California, relating that she had found someone to teach her to use a gun and asking that her assets be liquidated. The fbi arrested Klat on August 27, 10 days after her arrival in Washington. She was picked up at a rented apartment in the Washington suburb of Alexandria, Virginia.
After ordering a psychiatric evaluation, a federal judge found Klat competent to stand trial. A trial date was set for February 24; while preparing for his case, Soroka says, he discovered Klat had signed up for gun lessons in the Virginia town of Manassas. The trial lasted just two days, with Klat performing her own opening statement and cross-examining several government witnesses. It took the jury just three hours to reach a verdict.